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Doze \Doze\ (d[=o]z), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dozed (d[=o]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Dozing.] [Prob. akin to daze, dizzy: cf. Icel. d[=u]sa to doze, Dan. d["o]se to make dull, heavy, or drowsy, d["o]s dullness, drowsiness, d["o]sig drowsy, AS. dw[=ae]s dull, stupid, foolish. [root]71. Cf. Dizzy.] To slumber; to sleep lightly; to be in a dull or stupefied condition, as if half asleep; to be drowsy.

If he happened to doze a little, the jolly cobbler waked him.


vb. (en-past of: doze)

Usage examples of "dozed".

She knew she did not bore him, and she buffed or painted her fingernails studiously while he dozed or brooded and the desultory warm afternoon breeze vibrated delicately on the surface of the beach.

I immediately pretended to fall asleep, but soon I dozed in good earnest, and only woke when they came to bed.

At a corner of the bar, on a far bench, in the half light of the lanterns, a man sat with his back against the wall, his head flopped in drunkenness as he dozed.

Sheep-dogs sprawled and dozed on the hearth, so that the gude wife complained of their being underfoot.

And yet those far-away homes looked ever so seductive, they were so remote from the troubled world, they dozed in such an atmosphere of peace and dreams--surely no one who has learned to live up there would ever want to live on a meaner level.

Longarm slept fitfully, and when he stood up as the train was pulling into El Paso not long after dawn, his muscles were stiff and sore and he was almost as tired as when he had first dozed off.

She barely noticed when the girl came in, and by the time Pawa shut the door behind her, Lilli had dozed off - only to wake with a start some moments later.

Always, there was the steady tick, tick, tick of the ratchet wheels, the faint twang of the escapements, the snick of ruby on ruby, inside the little clock, and then the magnification of those sounds inside the thick brown and white marble night table top, and the echoes of those sounds bouncing back and forth underneath among the hard wooden table legs and on the shelf with its books, as Tim dozed the nights away with one eye sometimes opening a bit, then closing again.

My thoughts drifted, until I dozed, and dozing dreamt--a vague, incomprehensible dream of floating, in some purer ether, some diviner air than ever belonged to wormy earth, and woke to realities and a skate--a little friendly skate which had snoodled beside me, its transparent shovel-snout half buried in the sand.

And I lay alone on the bed all night with a headache and a black hole in my chest, and I must have dozed off, because when I woke Spicer had left the house and gone to work, and without a word, without a note.

Grayson good night, left him to dream about frogs while Tater dozed on the floor next to his bed.

Haleka dozed on the back of the tump which, as though realizing there was no longer any urgency, had slowed to a crawl.

Daniel Addison dozed lightly in a window seat near the back of the tour bus, his senses purposefully concentrated on the soft whine of the diesel and hum of the tires as the coach moved north along the Autostrada toward Assisi.

Margery usually dozed in her chair, and it was while dozing that Margery could be relied on to be even more indiscreet than usual.

Seeing that Panda dozed, I slipped behind Saduko and gripped him by the arm.