to fall into a light sleep unintentionally (often fol. by off ):He dozed off during the sermon.
to sleep for a short time; nap.
to be dull or half asleep.
to pass or spend (time) in drowsiness (often fol. by away):He dozed away the afternoon.
a light or fitful sleep; nap.
1640–50; origin, originally (now obsolete) to stupefy, make drowsy; compare Scots, north, northern England dialect, dialectal dozened, Middle English (Scots) dosnyt, dosinnit stupefied, dazed; akin to Old Norse dūsa rest, Swedish dialect, dialectal dusa doze, slumber, Middle Low German dusen to be thoughtless; compare daze
6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged snooze, siesta, catnap, forty winks.