- 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 drowsy
Casablancas speaks in a drowsy mumble and occasionally needs prodding, but once you do, becomes surprisingly engaged.Julian Casablancas Enters the Void: On the Strokes’ Friction, Why He Left NYC, and Starting Over
October 9, 2014
There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity.The Glorious Fourth
July 4, 2012
Barely 20 years ago, Brazil was a drowsy, underperfoming Third World nation, plagued by hyperinflation and boom-and-bust growth.Dilma Thumps for Women
September 21, 2011
I have not been in bed all night; nor am I in the least drowsy.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"I'm depending upon you for the bread," he said to the drowsy man in the hammock.In the Midst of Alarms
She was talking to me in this way one drowsy August afternoon.The Harbor
But try as he would he could not get drowsy, on the contrary he felt wide awake and animated.Master and Man
The mate, who by this time was drowsy, did as desired, and in a moment the Arab was at liberty.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
- heavy with sleepiness; sleepy
- inducing sleep; soporific
- sluggish or lethargic; dull
Word Origin and History for drowsy
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.