- sleepy; drowsy.
- tending to cause sleep.
Origin of somnolent
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Examples from the Web for somnolent
Swinton avoids wheat because of its somnolent effects on her: “I was sort of falling asleep for the filming,” she says.Hollywood's Exquisite Alien
April 30, 2009
As for the man on the lookout, he was notorious for his somnolent powers.The Voyage of the Aurora
Alnwick is a town with a great past and a somnolent present.The Great North Road: York to Edinburgh
Charles G. Harper
The convicts gorged him with food, and he had become fat and somnolent.After the Divorce
For John Endlich it was all like the echo of a somnolent summer of his boyhood.Asteroid of Fear
Raymond Zinke Gallun
The electorate was somnolent and permitted the politician to have his way.The Boss and the Machine
Samuel P. Orth
- drowsy; sleepy
- causing drowsiness
Word Origin and History for 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.