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drowsy

[drou-zee]
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adjective, drow·si·er, drow·si·est.
  1. half-asleep; sleepy.
  2. marked by or resulting from sleepiness.
  3. dull; sluggish.
  4. inducing lethargy or sleepiness: drowsy spring weather.
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Origin of drowsy

First recorded in 1520–30; drowse + -y1
Related formsdrow·si·ly, adverbdrow·si·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. somnolent, dozy. 3. lethargic, listless.
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Examples from the Web for drowsily

Historical Examples

  • "I'll ask you in the morning," muttered Yates drowsily—after which there was silence in the tent.

    In the Midst of Alarms

    Robert Barr

  • Finally his stirrings roused her and she asked him drowsily what ailed him.

  • 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

    Evelyn Raymond


British Dictionary definitions for drowsily

drowsy

adjective drowsier or drowsiest
  1. heavy with sleepiness; sleepy
  2. inducing sleep; soporific
  3. sluggish or lethargic; dull
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Derived Formsdrowsily, adverbdrowsiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drowsily

drowsy

adj.

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.

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