Definition of doze in English:



  • 1Sleep lightly.

    ‘he found his mother dozing by the fire’
    • ‘It wasn't long before he drifted off to sleep, dozing peacefully like a little angel.’
    • ‘Instead, he watched her sleep and dozed fitfully thinking about her and what to do next.’
    • ‘The lions, mostly dozing in the sun, were more of an anti-climax.’
    • ‘Closing her eyes, Geneva nearly dozed to sleep until a sharp knock on the door awakened her.’
    • ‘Several police officers sat dozing, lightly interspersed amongst the scuffed and beaten seats.’
    • ‘The dancing became more frantic, the lounges filled while people rested and dozed.’
    • ‘The bar had been slow after about ten that night, and Frankie had slumped over, dozing lightly.’
    • ‘I allowed myself to take some pleasure from the contact of the cloth on my arm, and dozed lightly.’
    • ‘I spent the rest of the evening dozing with my head on Angel's shoulder.’
    • ‘Half the air traffic controllers are off sick and the rest are dozing.’
    • ‘The darkness was starting to lighten before she dozed, then slept fitfully, tossing and turning.’
    • ‘Having slept poorly the previous evening, I was dozing below decks.’
    • ‘She was dozing lightly when there was a nock on her door, jolted from her sleep she went to the door and opened it a crack.’
    • ‘Kayley was dozing when the flap of the tent rustled lightly as someone entered her tent.’
    • ‘She cried herself to sleep then, though she only dozed for a few hours.’
    • ‘I dozed lightly, the sound of her voice and her strokes in my hair and over my neck pulling me gently into a place that seemed very much like heaven.’
    • ‘He dozed lightly in a rickety wooden chair tilted precariously back on the far stable wall.’
    • ‘He had asked to be kept updated during the night as he dozed lightly in his room.’
    • ‘Next came dinner, followed by a walk or a game, another snack, then back to work while I dozed by the fire.’
    • ‘Afraid he'd sneak up on her while she slept, she dozed, a part of her alert to every sound.’
    catnap, nap, take a nap, take a siesta, sleep lightly, drowse, rest
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    1. 1.1doze off Fall lightly asleep.
      ‘I dozed off for a few seconds’
      • ‘The idea of a car automatically detecting that the driver is dozing off (and vibrating the seat to avert disaster) is astonishing.’
      • ‘She felt herself dozing off and was asleep in a few minutes.’
      • ‘It's a muggy afternoon here, a rare thing in this part of the country, so I found myself dozing off.’
      • ‘While counting, I resist the temptation to fall asleep, but eventually, I doze off.’
      • ‘I wait until her breathing slows and she is definitely asleep before I doze off myself.’
      • ‘I stayed with her until she fell asleep but at that point, I ended up dozing off as well.’
      • ‘I figured I had just dozed off in one of my classes and must have fallen out of the desk and hit my head on something.’
      • ‘Mr Barrett was dozing off but was startled awake by the loud bang.’
      • ‘I was dozing off when a young couple came clattering up the aisle, they couldn't have been more than 14.’
      • ‘She started to doze off but a loud crash was heard from downstairs, startling her awake.’
      • ‘We are not talking about the hordes of migrant workers dozing off in the gutters on sweltering street corners, but about the ubiquitous parasol.’
      • ‘Finally feeling safe enough to rest his eyes, Specter let his head fall back onto his pillow and he found himself dozing off.’
      • ‘Samuel smiled and wrapped his arms around her as he too dozed off and fell asleep.’
      • ‘Just as I was dozing off, scrambled eggs nestling comfortably in my tummy and my brain relaxing into a deep and beautiful slumber, my sister called.’
      • ‘After finishing the heap of homework I had, I let myself fall into bed, dozing off the moment my head hit the soft feathered pillow.’
      • ‘Currently, police spend much of the time on a stakeout engaged in idle conversation, eating fattening foods and dozing off.’
      • ‘After a few minutes of dozing off, Rebecca falls into a deep sleep.’
      • ‘She started to doze off and was about to fall over when Chris quickly ran to her and caught her.’
      • ‘So, whether you're in the mood for dozing off, or feel like punching your name in drywall, there's a tune suitable for every temperament.’
      • ‘She knew the other two were tired, and let them sprawl on the couch, Mark fell asleep and even Isaac dozed off.’
      fall asleep, go to sleep, drop off, get to sleep
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  • A short, light sleep.

    ‘‘I think I'll have a doze,’ he said, closing his eyes’
    • ‘Two hours later she woke from a light doze, alerted by the sound of footsteps outside the small, square, white-walled room.’
    • ‘The raindrops soon lulled her into a light doze, though she heard the sounds of a growing storm outside.’
    • ‘As the minutes passed, she fell into a light doze.’
    • ‘The boy had fallen into a light doze, and the pressure certainly got him up.’
    • ‘Watching the boy toss, turn and slip in and out of a light doze, Laras wondered if he wasn't somehow picking up on his father's tension and frustration in some subtle way.’
    • ‘Chimes took her out of her short doze and she leaned out of the bath as she realized that it was time for her to go.’
    • ‘The wind in my face was so cool and soothing I fell into a light doze.’
    • ‘Miles away, in the depths of space, Orion jerked out of a light doze, one hand slamming against the side of his space capsule.’
    • ‘After scanning their surroundings one last time, Jim allowed himself to drift into a light doze.’
    • ‘Jon sighed, and leaned back as a light doze overtook him.… Seven years ago, when Dïen was eleven, she started to ask for a psychiatrist.’
    • ‘I was in the middle of a light doze (for some reason, deeper sleep was escaping me) when I hear a scraping noise.’
    • ‘He slowly closed his eyes and drifted off into a light doze.’
    • ‘He pondered over these questions again and again, not finding the answers before he fell into a light doze sitting upright.’
    • ‘Jerking up from a light doze for the fifth time in about twenty minutes, he rummaged around inside a nearby desk for something to keep him awake.’
    • ‘He had slipped into an uneasy doze in the chill light before dawn when a long, wild cry split the air around him.’
    • ‘With her thoughts on the interview she'd have to give sometime this week, the tension seeped out of her body, and she slipped into a light doze.’
    • ‘His eyes fell shut as he drifted off into a light doze, waiting for nightfall.’
    • ‘Shortly after she had fallen into a light doze, there was a knock at the door.’
    • ‘And even then, it was more of a doze than a sleep, so I woke up when I heard the front door shut at 5: 30.’
    • ‘He smiled looking up at the sky before drifting off into a light doze.’
    catnap, nap, siesta, light sleep, drowse, rest
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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘stupefy, bewilder, or make drowsy’): perhaps related to Danish døse ‘make drowsy’.