intransitive verbdozed, doz′ing
Origin of dozeprobably from Scand, as in Icelandic (& Swedish dialect, dialectal ) dusa: for Indo-European base, see dizzy
transitive verbdozed, doz′ing
verbdozed, doz·ing, doz·es
Origin of dozeProbably of Scandinavian origin
intr. & tr.v.dozed, doz·ing, doz·es
(third-person singular simple present dozes, present participle dozing, simple past and past participle dozed)
- (countable) a light, short sleep or nap
- I felt much better after a short doze.
From Middle English *dosen, from Old Norse dúsa (“to doze, rest, remain quiet”), from Proto-Germanic *dusēną (“to be dizzy”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewes-, *dʰews- (“to fly, whirl”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew- (“to fly, shake, reek, steam, smolder”). Cognate with Icelandic dúsa (“to doze”), Swedish dialectal dusa (“to doze, slumber”), Danish døse (“to doze”), Old English dysiġ (“foolish, stupid”), Scots dosnit (“stunned, stupefied”), Icelandic dúra (“to nap, slumber”). More at dizzy.