To doze lightly, or nearly fall asleep, is to drowse. If you stay up too late watching scary movies, you might start to drowse the next morning in English class.

You've probably found yourself beginning to drowse when you're very sleepy or bored. You'll know you're starting to drowse when your eyelids get heavy and your mind wanders. Be careful though—if you drowse too long at the beach, you may end up with a sunburn! Drowse comes from the adjective drowsy, from an Old English root meaning "sink."

Definitions of drowse
  1. verb
    sleep lightly or for a short period of time
    synonyms: doze, snooze
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    type of:
    catch a wink, catnap, nap
    take a siesta
  2. verb
    be on the verge of sleeping
    “The students were drowsing in the 8 AM class”
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    be almost asleep
    type of:
    be at rest
  3. noun
    a light fitful sleep
    synonyms: doze
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    type of:
    the suspension of consciousness and decrease in metabolic rate
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