Definition of doze in English:



  • 1 Sleep 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Afraid he'd sneak up on her while she slept, she dozed, a part of her alert to every sound.’
    • ‘He had asked to be kept updated during the night as he dozed lightly in his room.’
    • ‘Closing her eyes, Geneva nearly dozed to sleep until a sharp knock on the door awakened her.’
    • ‘Half the air traffic controllers are off sick and the rest are dozing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She cried herself to sleep then, though she only dozed for a few hours.’
    • ‘The lions, mostly dozing in the sun, were more of an anti-climax.’
    • ‘Next came dinner, followed by a walk or a game, another snack, then back to work while I dozed by the fire.’
    • ‘Having slept poorly the previous evening, I was dozing below decks.’
    • ‘Kayley was dozing when the flap of the tent rustled lightly as someone entered her tent.’
    • ‘The bar had been slow after about ten that night, and Frankie had slumped over, dozing lightly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, he watched her sleep and dozed fitfully thinking about her and what to do next.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He dozed lightly in a rickety wooden chair tilted precariously back on the far stable wall.’
    • ‘The darkness was starting to lighten before she dozed, then slept fitfully, tossing and turning.’
    catnap, nap, take a nap, take a siesta, sleep lightly, drowse, rest
    snooze, have a snooze, snatch forty winks, get some shut-eye
    kip, have a kip, get some kip, zizz, have a zizz, get some zizz
    catch some zs, catch a few zs
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    1. 1.1Fall lightly asleep.
      ‘I dozed off for a few seconds’
      • ‘I stayed with her until she fell asleep but at that point, I ended up dozing off as well.’
      • ‘It's a muggy afternoon here, a rare thing in this part of the country, so I found myself dozing off.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally feeling safe enough to rest his eyes, Specter let his head fall back onto his pillow and he found himself dozing off.’
      • ‘She started to doze off and was about to fall over when Chris quickly ran to her and caught her.’
      • ‘She knew the other two were tired, and let them sprawl on the couch, Mark fell asleep and even Isaac dozed off.’
      • ‘She started to doze off but a loud crash was heard from downstairs, startling her awake.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are not talking about the hordes of migrant workers dozing off in the gutters on sweltering street corners, but about the ubiquitous parasol.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Samuel smiled and wrapped his arms around her as he too dozed off and fell asleep.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She felt herself dozing off and was asleep in a few minutes.’
      • ‘Mr Barrett was dozing off but was startled awake by the loud bang.’
      • ‘The idea of a car automatically detecting that the driver is dozing off (and vibrating the seat to avert disaster) is astonishing.’
      • ‘I was dozing off when a young couple came clattering up the aisle, they couldn't have been more than 14.’
      fall asleep, go to sleep, drop off, get to sleep
      nod off, go off, drift off, crash out, go out like a light, flake out, conk out
      sack out, zone out
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  • [in singular] A short light sleep.

    • ‘He slowly closed his eyes and drifted off into a light doze.’
    • ‘Shortly after she had fallen into a light doze, there was a knock at the door.’
    • ‘As the minutes passed, she fell 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.’
    • ‘The boy had fallen into a light doze, and the pressure certainly got him up.’
    • ‘The raindrops soon lulled her into a light doze, though she heard the sounds of a growing storm outside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After scanning their surroundings one last time, Jim allowed himself to drift into a light doze.’
    • ‘His eyes fell shut as he drifted off into a light doze, waiting for nightfall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wind in my face was so cool and soothing I fell into a light doze.’
    • ‘He smiled looking up at the sky before drifting off into a light doze.’
    • ‘I was in the middle of a light doze (for some reason, deeper sleep was escaping me) when I hear a scraping noise.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had slipped into an uneasy doze in the chill light before dawn when a long, wild cry split the air around him.’
    • ‘Miles away, in the depths of space, Orion jerked out of a light doze, one hand slamming against the side of his space capsule.’
    • ‘Two hours later she woke from a light doze, alerted by the sound of footsteps outside the small, square, white-walled room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    catnap, nap, siesta, light sleep, drowse, rest
    snooze, forty winks
    kip, zizz
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Mid 17th century (in the sense stupefy, bewilder, or make drowsy): perhaps related to Danish døse make drowsy.