Definition of dozen in English:

dozen

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌz(ə)n
 
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noun

1 (plural same) A group or set of twelve: a dozen bottles of sherry
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  • Eventually the claims were whittled down to around a dozen which had some credibility.
  • It's Friday evening and so there are a dozen of us trying to catch the barman's eye in the George.
  • The base of the trunk is pushed just four feet into the ground and secured with a dozen or more wooden wedges.
1.1 (dozens) informal A lot: she has dozens of admirers
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  • Scores dead, hundreds wounded, dozens of television networks scrambling to find an angle.
  • Kodak decided to invest dozens of billions of US dollars globally last year to expand its business.
  • The 80 pages and dozens of questions gave plenty of food for thought.
2 (the dozens) An exchange of insults engaged in as a game or ritual among black Americans.
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  • The two loudly play the dozens, insulting each other to the delight of neighbors.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French dozeine, based on Latin duodecim 'twelve'.

Phrases

by the dozen

In large quantities.
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  • It's Vancouver, there are panhandlers by the dozen everywhere you look.
  • Elsewhere, live shrimp are sold by the dozen or individually, but the quantities tend to be roughly the same by any standard of sale.
  • But in bad years fires kill by the dozen and destroy houses by the thousand.

talk nineteen to the dozen

British Talk incessantly.
More example sentences
  • She talks nineteen to the dozen, amusingly, self - deprecatingly, practically, irreverently.
  • They were soon on board and talking nineteen to the dozen.
Synonyms
prattle, blather, blether, blither, babble (on), gabble, prate, drivel, rattle on/away, ramble, maunder, go on, run on, talk at length, talk incessantly, talk a lot, chatter, yap
informal jabber, blabber, yatter, jaw, gab, gas, chit-chat, yackety-yak
British informal rabbit, witter, waffle, natter, chunter, talk the hind legs off a donkey
North American informal run off at the mouth
Australian/New Zealand informal mag

Derivatives

dozenth

adjective
More example sentences
  • Once we'd finished up and I'd remarked for the dozenth time on the superb quality of the Victoria Sponge, we headed off on the second leg of our journey.
  • ‘I shouldn't have asked ‘Tanj muttered to herself for the dozenth time…
  • ‘That is not how you recruit help,’ he said to her, as though a parent repeating some instruction for the dozenth time.

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