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drowse (v.)

"be heavy with sleep, be half asleep," 1570s, probably a back-formation from drowsy. Old English had a similar word, but there is a 600-year gap. Related: Drowsed; drowsing.The noun meaning "state of being half asleep" is by 1814.

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Definitions of drowse
1
drowse (v.)
sleep lightly or for a short period of time;
Synonyms: snooze / doze
drowse (v.)
be on the verge of sleeping;
2
drowse (n.)
a light fitful sleep;
Synonyms: doze
From wordnet.princeton.edu