'Doze is a disparaging term used amongst computer cognoscenti to refer to the Microsoft Windows operating system.

People who refer to 'Doze probably have little or no respect for this particularly troublesome example of an OS, and are likely to be users or sysadmins of other OSes that were contemporaries of Windows in the late 20th Century, such as Linux, UNIX, BSD, Mac OS, or Post-it Notes.

Doze (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dozed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dozing.] [Prob. akin to daze, dizzy: cf. Icel. dsa to doze, Dan. dose to make dull, heavy, or drowsy, dos dullness, drowsiness, dosig drowsy, AS. dws dull, stupid, foolish. . Cf. Dizzy.]

To slumber; to sleep lightly; to be in a dull or stupefied condition, as if half asleep; to be drowsy.

If he happened to doze a little, the jolly cobbler waked him. L'Estrange.


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Doze, v. t.


To pass or spend in drowsiness; as, to doze away one's time.


To make dull; to stupefy.


I was an hour . . . in casting up about twenty sums, being dozed with much work. Pepys.

They left for a long time dozed and benumbed. South.


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Doze, n.

A light sleep; a drowse.



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