1

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 Goth driusan to fall — more at dreary


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

First Known Use of drowse

1796


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

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up drowse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to counsel, recommend, or inform

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!