Drowse (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Drowsed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Drowsing.] [AS. drsian, drsan, to sink, become slow or inactive; cf. OD. droosen to be sleepy, fall asleep, LG. drsen, druusken, to slumber, fall down with a noise; prob, akin to AS. dreosan to fall. See Dreary.]

To sleep imperfectly or unsoundly; to slumber; to be heavy with sleepiness; to doze.

"He drowsed upon his couch."

South.

In the pool drowsed the cattle up to their knees. Lowell.

 

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Drowse, v. t.

To make heavy with sleepiness or imperfect sleep; to make dull or stupid.

Milton.

 

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Drowse, n.

A slight or imperfect sleep; a doze.

But smiled on in a drowse of ecstasy. Mrs. Browning.

 

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