- 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 drowsiness
For me, it took the Sleeprate to show that daytime stress was the likely culprit of morning drowsiness.How I Finally Got to the Bottom of My Insomnia
June 26, 2014
You have cast from you with the warm blanket the drowsiness of dreams.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
He apologised for his drowsiness; but said that he was so sleepy that he must retire.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
A drowsiness possessed me; I felt like one awaking from a dream.The Book of Khalid
"That accounts for his drowsiness," muttered he, between his teeth.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
De Spain got up and shook off the chilliness and drowsiness of the night.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
- heavy with sleepiness; sleepy
- inducing sleep; soporific
- sluggish or lethargic; dull
Word Origin and History for drowsiness
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.
- A state of impaired awareness associated with a desire or inclination to sleep.hypnesthesia