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adjective,drow·si·er, drow·si·est.
  1. half-asleep; sleepy.

  2. marked by or resulting from sleepiness.

  1. dull; sluggish.

  2. inducing lethargy or sleepiness: drowsy spring weather.

Origin of drowsy

First recorded in 1520–30; drowse + -y1

Other words for drowsy

Other words from drowsy

  • drow·si·ly, adverb
  • drow·si·ness, noun

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How to use drowsy in a sentence

  • She slept lightly at first, half awake and drowsily attentive to the things about her.

  • She awoke suddenly, but drowsily surprised and disappointed not to find Gwynne in the chair opposite.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Kinnaird was awake, and his daughter cried out drowsily when Weston stood looking down at him.

    The Gold Trail | Harold Bindloss
  • And with this request, drowsily mumbled, George pulled the blanket comfortably about him and settled back for another nap.

    The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
  • Henry Burns dragged himself drowsily to one of the cabin ports and looked out.

    The Rival Campers Afloat | Ruel Perley Smith

British Dictionary definitions for drowsy


/ (ˈdraʊzɪ) /

adjectivedrowsier or drowsiest
  1. heavy with sleepiness; sleepy

  2. inducing sleep; soporific

  1. sluggish or lethargic; dull

Derived forms of drowsy

  • drowsily, adverb
  • drowsiness, noun

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