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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: From a Scandinavian language; related to Old Norse dúsa 'to sleep lightly'

doze

verb
     
doze [intransitive]
to sleep lightly for a short time:
Grandad was dozing in his chair.
doze noun [singular]

doze off

phrasal verb
to go to sleep, especially when you did not intend to [= drop off, nod off]:
I must have dozed off.

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