verb (1)
\ ˈdōz How to pronounce doze (audio) \
dozed; dozing

Definition of doze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to sleep lightly
b : to fall into a light sleep usually used with off
2 : to be in a dull or stupefied condition

transitive verb

: to pass (time) drowsily


verb (2)
dozed; dozing

Definition of doze (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from doze

Verb (1)

doze noun

Examples of doze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Surrounded by antique stores and art galleries, dogs doze in the sun while their owners feast on wine and pasta. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 19 May 2022 Tell ghost stories or don’t, drink or don’t, ditch your tent and sleep under the stars, doze off under the stars and crawl into your tent at two in the morning. Blair Braverman, Outside Online, 23 June 2021 Putin could be seen on camera during NBC’s broadcast of the winter games sitting by himself and appearing to briefly doze off according to some onlookers. Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, 5 Feb. 2022 But it’s also just four people chatting in the park — about politics, movies, family, the weather — while a dog at their feet studies the pigeons and the passing toddlers doze in their strollers. New York Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Republicans have also been quick to point to any video of Biden stumbling over his words or appearing to doze off during events as evidence of the president's senility; Democrats employed a similar tactic when Trump was in the White House. Max Ufberg, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2021 Each villa also comes with a retractable roof, so kids can doze off beneath the stars. Kris Fordham, CNN, 13 June 2021 It is performed for supine audiences who are encouraged to doze off during the proceedings., 24 Mar. 2021 At the New York City Fire Department’s training academy, lessons can last as long as six hours and trainees will tell you it’s not uncommon for people to doze off during class. Rebecca Liebson, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of doze

Verb (1)

1677, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doze

Verb (1)

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse dūsa to doze

Verb (2)

probably back-formation from dozer (bulldozer)

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\ ˈdōz How to pronounce doze (audio) \
dozed; dozing

Kids Definition of doze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sleep lightly The baby soon fell asleep and Shlemiel dozed too, still rocking the cradle with his foot.— Isaac Bashevis Singer, Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories
doze off
: to fall asleep I dozed off on the couch.



Kids Definition of doze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light sleep

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