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sleepy

[slee-pee] /ˈsli pi/
adjective, sleepier, sleepiest.
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.
Origin of sleepy
1175-1225
Middle English word dating back to 1175-1225; See origin at sleep, -y1
Related forms
sleepily, adverb
sleepiness, noun
unsleepy, adjective
Synonyms
1. tired, somnolent, slumberous.
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  • It seemed to my sleepy eyes as if an angel had melted his own door through the wall!

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  • He was sleepy, that was all; but a sleepiness to fight against—he must still fight.

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  • The Indian, quieted by the sleepy Chestnut, was going steadier.

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  • When he was through with his work, it was late and he was sleepy.

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  • Then I grew so sleepy, that I was impatient to be shown to my bed.

British Dictionary definitions for sleepy

sleepy

/ˈsliːpɪ/
adjective sleepier, 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 bustle: a sleepy town
Derived Forms
sleepily, adverb
sleepiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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