nod off


nodded off; nodding off; nods off

intransitive verb

: to fall asleep

Examples of nod off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The often-shocking stories shared on the page — ranging from people nodding off at the wheel after long workdays, to one crewmember allegedly laboring for 39 days straight — touched a nerve at a time when crew union IATSE was negotiating rest periods with studios in a new labor contract. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Feb. 2024 As one mother nodded off, her eyelids heavy after giving birth less than two weeks earlier, a nurse came in and whisked her baby away. Lauretta Charlton, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2024 In humans the behavior is often called nodding off. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 30 Nov. 2023 Here, researchers discovered that the birds nodded off thousands of times per day, engaging in microsleeps that averaged just four seconds each but added up to more than 11 hours of sleep per day. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 Consumer Product Safety Commission Even though loungers are marketed for awake time, newborns can quickly nod off in the cozy, pillow-like product, according to Dr. Rachel Moon, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ task force on sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. Suzy Khimm, NBC News, 8 Nov. 2023 By the end of the line, many who remained on board were noticeably older — nodding off, gazing out the window, stretching their shoulders. Victoria Kim Chang W. Lee, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2023 That means night owls are wired differently from people who seem to automatically wake up at the crack of dawn and nod off at an early hour. Linda Carroll, NBC News, 11 Sep. 2023 The woman testified that Banda eventually nodded off at the house, giving her an opportunity to escape about noon March 15. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nod off was in 1914

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“Nod off.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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