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drowse

play
verb \ˈdrau̇z\

Definition of drowse

drowsed

drowsing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be inactive

  3. 2 :  to fall into a light slumber

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make drowsy or inactive

  6. 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 Gothic driusan to fall — more at dreary


First Known Use: 1573


2

drowse

noun

Definition of drowse

  1. :  the act or an instance of drowsing :  doze

Examples of drowse in a sentence

  1. <was just falling into a drowse when you called>

1796

First Known Use of drowse

1796


DROWSE Defined for English Language Learners

1

drowse

play
verb \ˈdrau̇z\

Definition of drowse for English Language Learners

  • : to sleep lightly or to almost be asleep


DROWSE Defined for Kids

1

drowse

play
verb \ˈdrau̇z\

Definition of drowse for Students

drowsed

drowsing

  1. :  to sleep lightly


2

drowse

play
noun

Definition of drowse for Students

  1. :  a light sleep :  doze



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