- sleepy; drowsy.
- tending to cause sleep.
Origin of somnolent
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Examples from the Web for semi-somnolent
Some of the time, indeed, I was in a semi-somnolent state, caused by weakness.In New Granada
At the edge of the clearing a solitary Maori sentry, a man armed with a revolver, sat, keeping a semi-somnolent guard.The adventures of Kimble Bent
Reason regained that supreme control which the semi-somnolent state had taken away.The Red and the Black
By degrees my semi-somnolent faculties reasserted themselves and I remembered where I was.Mr. Marx's Secret
E. Phillips Oppenheim
I think this semi-somnolent attitude is not always the mere attitude of repose.Stanley in Africa
James P. Boyd
- drowsy; sleepy
- causing drowsiness
Word Origin and History for semi-somnolent
mid-15c., sompnolent, from Old French sompnolent (Modern French somnolent) or directly from Latin somnolentus "sleepy, drowsy," from somnus "sleep" (see Somnus). Respelled 17c. on Latin model.
- Drowsy; sleepy.
- Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.
- In a condition of incomplete sleep; semicomatose.