from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be half-asleep: drowsed in the warm sun.
- transitive v. To make drowsy: "drowsed with the fume of poppies” ( John Keats).
- transitive v. To pass (time) by drowsing.
- n. The condition of being sleepy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being sleepy and inactive.
- v. To be sleepy and inactive (also figurative).
- v. To nod off; to fall asleep.
- v. To advance drowsily. (Used especially in the phrase "drowse one's way" ⇒ sleepily make one's way.)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To sleep imperfectly or unsoundly; to slumber; to be heavy with sleepiness; to doze.
- transitive v. To make heavy with sleepiness or imperfect sleep; to make dull or stupid.
- n. A slight or imperfect sleep; a doze.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be heavy with sleepiness; be half asleep; hence, to be heavy or dull.
- Synonyms Doze, Slumber, etc. See sleep
- n. A state of somnolency; a half-sleep.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be on the verge of sleeping
- v. sleep lightly or for a short period of time
- n. a light fitful sleep
Perhaps ultimately from Old English drūsian, to sink, be sluggish; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)