he found his mother dozing by the fire.
∎ (doze off)
fall lightly asleep:
I dozed off for a few seconds.
n. [in sing.]
a short light sleep.
ORIGIN: mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘stupefy, bewilder, or make drowsy’): perhaps related to Danish døse ‘make drowsy.’
, arose, Bose, brose, chose, close, compose, diagnose, doze, enclose, expose, foreclose, froze, hose, impose, interpose, juxtapose, Montrose, noes, nose, oppose, plainclothes, pose, propose, prose, rose, suppose, those, transpose, underexpose, uprose
•Berlioz • flambeaux • thrombose
•bandeaux • bulldoze • fricandeaux
•metamorphose • pantyhose • glucose
•tableaux • parclose • Fellows
•bedclothes • nightclothes • rouleaux
•underclothes • misdiagnose
•Ambrose • dextrose • Faeroes
•primrose • cornrows • sucrose
•Burroughs • tuberose
, gateaux, plateaux
•portmanteaux • fructose
†stupefy, muddle, perplex; sleep drowsily. XVII. perh. of Scand. orig. cf. Da. døse