Origin of sleepy
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Examples from the Web for sleepy
The film helps to draw scores of visitors to this sleepy river town year after year.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
BIRKIANI, Georgia — Time seems to stop in this sleepy Georgian village high in the green mountains of the Pankisi Gorge.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.
September 29, 2014
Last year Fox gifted the world with the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” retelling we never knew we needed.Naked Ben Franklin Christens the Campy Return of ‘Sleepy Hollow’
September 23, 2014
But it was a shadow of its former self: sleepy, unprofitable, and not particularly confident about its complicated past.Pancakes and Pickaninnies: The Saga of ‘Sambo’s,’ The ‘Racist’ Restaurant Chain America Once Loved
June 30, 2014
Now she is grateful for the jobs the tourist boom has brought to her once sleepy town, but admits it has taken away other jobs.A Little Too Off the Beaten Path in Burma
June 2, 2014
It seemed to my sleepy eyes as if an angel had melted his own door through the wall!Weighed and Wanting
He was sleepy, that was all; but a sleepiness to fight against—he must still fight.
The Indian, quieted by the sleepy Chestnut, was going steadier.
When he was through with his work, it was late and he was sleepy.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Then I grew so sleepy, that I was impatient to be shown to my bed.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- inclined to or needing sleep; drowsy
- characterized by or exhibiting drowsiness, sluggishness, etc
- conducive to sleep; soporific
- without activity or bustlea sleepy town
Word Origin and History for sleepy
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.