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[grog-ee] /ˈgrɒg i/
adjective, groggier, groggiest.
staggering, as from exhaustion or blows:
a boxer groggy from his opponent's hard left jab.
dazed and weakened, as from lack of sleep:
Late nights always make me groggy the next morning.
Archaic. drunk; intoxicated.
Origin of groggy
First recorded in 1760-70; grog + -y1
Related forms
groggily, adverb
grogginess, noun
2. sluggish, lethargic; woozy, dopey. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was a hissing sound, a flash of light, and you got groggy, and went out.

  • How you would get on afterwards with old groggy Rowley, I don't know.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Think of that, with the Grasshopper as groggy as a five days old calf!

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • He was too groggy to say a word, but he comes pretty near winnin' me right there.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Frank Corson was shaking his head slowly like a groggy fighter.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
British Dictionary definitions for groggy


adjective (informal) -gier, -giest
dazed or staggering, as from exhaustion, blows, or drunkenness
faint or weak
Derived Forms
groggily, adverb
grogginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for groggy

1770, "drunk," from grog + -y (2). Non-alcoholic meaning "shaky, tottering" is from 1832, originally from the fight ring. Related: Groggily; grogginess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for groggy



Sleepy; dazed; semiconscious: Conlon was so groggy that he wanted to know why Nelson was not coaching the Warriors (1832+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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