Definition of drowse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

drowse

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//draʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//draʊz//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they drowse
BrE BrE//draʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//draʊz//
 
he / she / it drowses
BrE BrE//ˈdraʊzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdraʊzɪz//
 
past simple drowsed
BrE BrE//draʊzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//draʊzd//
 
past participle drowsed
BrE BrE//draʊzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//draʊzd//
 
-ing form drowsing
BrE BrE//ˈdraʊzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdraʊzɪŋ//
 
 
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to be in a light sleep or almost asleep My mother was sitting on the porch drowsing in the sun. We drowsed fitfully throughout the night. Word Origin late 16th cent.: back-formation from drowsy.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: drowse