What does the word drowse mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To doze; be listless.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A doze.

Usage examples for drowse

  1. In spring the clouds and the light hold races up their flanks; in summer they seem to drowse like weary monsters in the still and fervent heat. – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  2. And so he sat him down beneath the boughs, And there a low wind seemed to drone and drowse Among the leaves as it were gone astray And like to faint forwearied by the way; Till the persistence of the sound begat An heaviness within him as he sat: So when Sleep chanced to come that way, he found A captive not unwilling to be bound, And on his body those fine fetters put Wherewith he bindeth mortals hand and foot. – The Poems of William Watson by William Watson
  3. One feels an irresistible desire to drowse on deck - the rushing speech of waves, the long rocking of the ship, the lukewarm caress of the wind, urge to slumber- but the light is too vast to permit of sleep. – Two Years in the French West Indies by Lafcadio Hearn
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