drowse

verb
\ˈdrau̇z \
drowsed; drowsing

Definition of drowse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to be inactive

2 : to fall into a light slumber

transitive verb

1 : to make drowsy or inactive

2 : to pass (time) drowsily or in drowsing

drowse

noun

Definition of drowse (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or an instance of drowsing : doze

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Synonyms for drowse

Synonyms: Verb

catnap, doze, kip [British], nap, slumber, snooze

Synonyms: Noun

catnap, doze, forty winks, kip [chiefly British], nap, siesta, snooze, wink

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Examples of drowse in a Sentence

Verb

picnickers drowsing in the shade of an oak tree

Noun

was just falling into a drowse when you called

First Known Use of drowse

Verb

1573, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drowse

Verb

probably akin to Goth driusan to fall — more at dreary

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The first known use of drowse was in 1573

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drowse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drowse

: to sleep lightly or to almost be asleep

drowse

verb
\ˈdrau̇z \
drowsed; drowsing

Kids Definition of drowse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sleep lightly

drowse

noun

Kids Definition of drowse (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light sleep : doze

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