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drowse

play
verb \ ˈdrau̇z \

Definition of drowse

drowsed; drowsing
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

Examples of drowse in a Sentence

  1. picnickers drowsing in the shade of an oak tree

Origin and Etymology of drowse

probably akin to Goth driusan to fall — more at dreary

drowse Synonyms

Synonyms
catnap, doze, nap, kip [British], slumber, snooze
Related Words
relax, repose, rest; couch, lay, lie, roost; lull
Near Antonyms
arise, arouse, awake, awaken, get up, rise, rouse, uprise, wake (up), waken

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drowse

noun

Definition of drowse

:the act or an instance of drowsing :doze

Examples of drowse in a Sentence

  1. was just falling into a drowse when you called

First Known Use of drowse

1796

drowse Synonyms

Synonyms
catnap, doze, 1nap, forty winks, kip [chiefly British], siesta, snooze, wink
Related Words
repose, rest; slumber; bed

DROWSE Defined for English Language Learners

drowse

play
verb

Definition of drowse for English Language Learners

  • : to sleep lightly or to almost be asleep


DROWSE Defined for Kids

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drowse

play
verb \ ˈdrau̇z \

Definition of drowse for Students

drowsed; drowsing
:to sleep lightly

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drowse

noun

Definition of drowse for Students

:a light sleep :doze


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