- half-asleep; sleepy.
- marked by or resulting from sleepiness.
- dull; sluggish.
- inducing lethargy or sleepiness: drowsy spring weather.
Origin of drowsy
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Examples from the Web for drowsily
"I'll ask you in the morning," muttered Yates drowsily—after which there was silence in the tent.In the Midst of Alarms
Finally his stirrings roused her and she asked him drowsily what ailed him.The Escape of Mr. Trimm
Irvin S. Cobb
They feed him some broth and a little wine, and he drops off drowsily again.Floyd Grandon's Honor
Amanda Minnie Douglas
“Ah, Roberts,” sighed Bracy drowsily as he raised himself on one arm.Fix Bay'nets
George Manville Fenn
"Of course not," answered Amy, drowsily; but Fayette looked as if he did not understand.Reels and Spindles
- heavy with sleepiness; sleepy
- inducing sleep; soporific
- sluggish or lethargic; dull
Word Origin and History for drowsily
1520s, probably ultimately from Old English drusan, drusian "sink," also "become languid, slow, or inactive" (related to dreosan "to fall"), from Proto-Germanic *drus- (see dreary). But there is no record of it in Middle English. Related: Drowsily; drowsiness.