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sleepy

[slee-pee]
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adjective, sleep·i·er, sleep·i·est.
  1. ready or inclined to sleep; drowsy.
  2. of or showing drowsiness.
  3. languid; languorous: a sleepy gesture.
  4. lethargic; sluggish: a sleepy brook.
  5. quiet: a sleepy village.
  6. inducing sleep; soporific: sleepy warmth.
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Origin of sleepy

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at sleep, -y1
Related formssleep·i·ly, adverbsleep·i·ness, nounun·sleep·y, adjective

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1. tired, somnolent, slumberous.
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Examples from the Web for sleepily

Historical Examples

  • "If I'm not dying, I don't need a priest," he said sleepily.

    Death of a Spaceman

    Walter M. Miller

  • After a while the Giant roused a little, and said sleepily: “Will it soon boil?”

  • And He says that he sleepily replied to him: "I am resting, and my children are with me asleep."

  • "I suppose so," answered Jill sleepily, and they went out with the pail.

    The Book of Nature Myths

    Florence Holbrook

  • "He is the best sportsman who has the coolest head," replied I, sleepily.

    Dross

    Henry Seton Merriman


British Dictionary definitions for sleepily

sleepy

adjective sleepier or sleepiest
  1. inclined to or needing sleep; drowsy
  2. characterized by or exhibiting drowsiness, sluggishness, etc
  3. conducive to sleep; soporific
  4. without activity or bustlea sleepy town
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Derived Formssleepily, adverbsleepiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sleepily

sleepy

adj.

early 13c. from sleep (n.) + -y (2). Perhaps in Old English but not recorded. Old English had slæpor, slæpwerig in the sense "sleepy;" slæpnes "sleepiness." Cf. Old High German slafag. Of places, from 1851 (Irving's Sleepy Hollow is from 1820). Sleepy-head is from 1570s. Related: Sleepily; sleepiness.

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