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drowsy

[drou-zee] /ˈdraʊ zi/
adjective, drowsier, drowsiest.
1.
half-asleep; sleepy.
2.
marked by or resulting from sleepiness.
3.
dull; sluggish.
4.
inducing lethargy or sleepiness:
drowsy spring weather.
Origin of drowsy
1520-1530
1520-30; drowse + -y1
Related forms
drowsily, adverb
drowsiness, noun
Synonyms
1. somnolent, dozy. 3. lethargic, listless.
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  • He was principally occupied in struggling against cold, and drowsiness.

  • He was overcome with drowsiness early in the evening, and went to bed.

  • There were long intervals sometimes when the heat overpowered the child with drowsiness.

    Travelers Five Along Life's Highway Annie Fellows Johnston
  • As soon as I heard him snoring, I was overcome with drowsiness and went to bed also.

  • He yawned, stretched himself carefully, and made a determined effort to overcome his drowsiness.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • Now it swelled into a smooth, impelling wail lulling him into drowsiness.

    The Beast of Space F.E. Hardart
  • Jim Podmore's drowsiness coming upon him powerfully here, he had as much as he could do to keep himself awake.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • For it was like this: I was quite exhausted and in a state of semi-stupor, combined with drowsiness.

    Charge! George Manville Fenn
  • She came forward, slightly overcome by drowsiness; but the sight she saw woke her up effectually.

British Dictionary definitions for drowsiness

drowsy

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

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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drowsiness in Medicine

drowsiness drows·i·ness (drou'zē-nĭs)
n.
A state of impaired awareness associated with a desire or inclination to sleep. Also called hypnesthesia.

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