- sleepy; drowsy.
- tending to cause sleep.
Origin of somnolent
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Examples from the Web for somnolence
They pretended they desired this tranquillity, and somnolence of their hearts.Therese Raquin
A crack on the head makes you dizzy and into her dizziness a somnolence had entered.The Paliser case
There could be no doubt of Tim's somnolence for he gave unmistakable evidence of it.Adrift in the Wilds
Edward S. Ellis
He broke into camp and roused McHale from a state of somnolence and tobacco.Desert Conquest
A. M. Chisholm
Somnolence is nothing more than an inordinate tendency to sleep.Sleep and Its Derangements
William A. Hammond
- drowsy; sleepy
- causing drowsiness
Word Origin and History for somnolence
late 14c., from Old French sompnolence (14c.), from Latin somnolentia "sleepiness," from somnolentus, from somnus "sleep" (see somnus). Related: Somnolency.
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.
- A state of drowsiness; sleepiness.
- A condition of semiconsciousness approaching coma.
- Drowsy; sleepy.
- Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.
- In a condition of incomplete sleep; semicomatose.