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Definition of drowse in English:


[no object]
1Be half asleep; doze intermittently: he was beginning to drowse in his chair
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  • He was sitting in a low chair, shoes off and feet buried in the cool sand with his eyes half closed as he drowsed in the sun.
  • I fumbled around for soap, found it, and began washing my arms, eyes half closed as I drowsed in the warmth.
  • The very first inning in the field, while I was safely drowsing in left field, fending off the midges, a long drive sailed over my head, heading for the outfield fence.
doze, sleep (lightly), nap, take a nap, catnap, take a siesta, rest
informalsnooze, have a snooze, snatch/get forty winks, get some shut-eye
British informalkip, have a kip, get some kip
North American informalcatch some Zs, catch a few Zs
1.1 [with object] archaic Make sleepy: any birds which the heat has not utterly drowsed
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  • And would you learn the spells that drowse my soul?
  • Despite what interest it might have spiked in me in the first place, it has now subdued to a simple regular lulling sound drowsing my mind.
1.2 archaic Be sluggish or inactive: let not your prudence drowse


[in singular] Back to top  
A light sleep; a condition of being half asleep: she awoke from a light drowse
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  • That glow was almost too calming, for the visitors were lulled into a drowse, then as they sank downwards, a peaceful sleep.
  • I shook him, until he started to awaken out of his drowse.
doze, light sleep, nap, catnap, siesta, lie-down, rest
British informalkip, zizz


Late 16th century: back-formation from drowsy.

Words that rhyme with drowse

arouse, blouse, browse, carouse, Cowes, dowse, espouse, house, Howes, rouse

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