Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

DOZE, Dose, v.1, n. 1 [do:z]

1. v.

(1) tr. To spin (a top) so rapidly that it does not appear to move (Fif. 1949 (per Abd.27); Edb.3 1929, doze, dose; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., doze). Vbl.n. dozing.Sc. 1821 Blackwood's Mag. (Aug.) 34:
At another [time], dozing of taps, and piries, and pirie cords, form the prevailing recreation.
Edb. 1886 J. Smith Merry Bridal, etc. 35:
Whyles dosin' tap, or playin' ba'.
Edb. 1893 W. G. Stevenson Wee Johnnie Paterson (1914) 182:
Maby dozin' his peeris, his top, or playin' at bools in front o' his faither's door.
Edb. 1926 A. Muir Blue Bonnet 191:
“Thank the kind leddy for talking to you so nicely.” “Thank ye,” mumbled Hector. “But I wish I'd see ye dose a peerie.”

(2) intr. To spin (of or like a top) (Sc. 1825 Jam.2, doze; Fif. 1949 (per Abd.27); Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Hence dozing-tap.Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) xxiii.:
It twisted round my neck and, mostly blinding me, made me doze like a tottum.
Edb. 1871 J. Ballantine Lilias Lee 184:
Its doggie and its dozing-tap are left to rest awee.

2. n. A spin, a spell of spinning a top.Edb. 1926 A. Muir Blue Bonnet 190:
Here's the peerie. You hae first dose.

[A specific use of Eng. doze; cf. Sleep. idem.]

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Doze v.1, n.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Jun 2024 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND: