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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of drowse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sleepy; overcome with sleepiness; drowsy.
  • Heavy from somnolency; dull; stupid.


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  • I guess he just set down to think of a good brand new excuse for not working, and kind of drowsed off.

    Cape Cod Stories

  • There were days when Tom could not go out, postponements of outdoor frolics, when, still the centre, he sat and drowsed in the big chair, waking, at times, in that unexpected queer, bright way of his, to roll a cigarette and call for his ukulele — a sort of miniature guitar of Portuguese invention.


  • He said it often, and often he drowsed in the big smooth-running machine.


  • Under the aching noonday glare, when the green things drooped and the birds withdrew to the depths of the forest, and all nature drowsed, his great "Ha! ha!" and "Ho! ho!" rose up to the sky and challenged the sun.


  • The stream once more drowsed and whispered; the hum of the mountain bees rose sleepily.

    All Gold Cañon

  • Knee-deep in the water, with drooping head and half-shut eyes, drowsed a red-coated, many-antlered buck.

    All Gold Cañon

  • She bought another pair of silk stockings that she had hesitated at for weeks, and on Tuesday night sewed and drowsed wearily over


  • Then the man drowsed off into what seemed to him the most comfortable and satisfying sleep he had ever known.

    To Build a Fire

  • Out of those nine hours, after I was in bed and ere my eyes drowsed shut, I managed to steal a little time for reading.

    Chapter 7

  • And as he makes his last incursion into the drowsed mead hall, we can even see the Beowulf poet employing a Dark Ages version of that staple of slasher-flick technology, the Steadicam.

    Don’t Fear the Reaper


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