transitive verbdowsed, dows′ing
intransitive verbdowsed, dows′ing
Origin of dowsefrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
intransitive verbdowsed, dows·ing, dows·es, also doused dous·ing dous·es
Origin of dowseOrigin unknown
- A blow on the face.
(third-person singular simple present dowses, present participle dowsing, simple past and past participle dowsed)
- To plunge, or duck into water; to immerse; to douse.
- To beat or thrash.
- To use the dipping or divining rod, as in search of water, ore, etc.