from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To sleep lightly and intermittently.
- transitive v. To spend (time) dozing or as if dozing: dozed the summer away.
- n. A short, light sleep.
- doze off To fall into a light sleep.
- transitive v. To use a bulldozer; bulldoze.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to sleep lightly or briefly; to nap
- n. a light, short sleep or nap
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To slumber; to sleep lightly; to be in a dull or stupefied condition, as if half asleep; to be drowsy.
- transitive v. To pass or spend in drowsiness.
- transitive v. To make dull; to stupefy.
- n. A light sleep; a drowse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sleep lightly or fitfully; especially, to fall into a light sleep unintentionally.
- To be in a state of drowsiness; be dull or half asleep: as, to doze over a book.
- Synonyms Drowse, Slumber, etc. See sleep.
- To pass or spend in drowsiness: as, to doze away one's time.
- To make dull; overcome as with drowsiness.
- n. A light sleep; a fitful slumber.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. sleep lightly or for a short period of time
- n. a light fitful sleep
Probably of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *dosen, from Old Norse dúsa ("to doze, rest, remain quiet"), from Proto-Germanic *dusēnan (“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. (Wiktionary)