to sleep lightly; be half asleep; doze
Origin of drowse; from Old English drusian, to become sluggish ; from base of dreosan, to drip: see dreary
- Rare to make sleepy or sluggish
- to spend (time) in drowsing
the act or an instance of drowsing
verbdrowsed, drows·ing, drows·es
To be half-asleep: drowsed in the warm sun.
- To make drowsy: “drowsed with the fume of poppies” (John Keats).
- To pass (time) by drowsing.
The condition of being sleepy.
Origin of drowsePerhaps ultimately from Old English dr&umacron;sian, to sink, be sluggish; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present drowses, present participle drowsing, simple past and past participle drowsed)
- (intransitive) To be sleepy and inactive (also figurative).
- (intransitive) To nod off; to fall asleep.
- To advance drowsily. (Used especially in the phrase "drowse one's way" ⇒ sleepily make one's way.)
- To make heavy with sleepiness or imperfect sleep; to make dull or stupid.