drowsy

[ drou-zee ]
/ ˈdraʊ zi /

adjective, drow·si·er, drow·si·est.

half-asleep; sleepy.
marked by or resulting from sleepiness.
dull; sluggish.
inducing lethargy or sleepiness: drowsy spring weather.

Origin of drowsy

First recorded in 1520–30; drowse + -y1
Related formsdrow·si·ly, adverbdrow·si·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for drowsiness

drowsy

/ (ˈdraʊzɪ) /

adjective drowsier or drowsiest

heavy with sleepiness; sleepy
inducing sleep; soporific
sluggish or lethargic; dull
Derived Formsdrowsily, adverbdrowsiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drowsiness

drowsy


adj.

1520s, probably ultimately from Old English drusan, drusian "sink," also "become languid, slow, or inactive" (related to dreosan "to fall"), from Proto-Germanic *drus- (see dreary). But there is no record of it in Middle English. Related: Drowsily; drowsiness.

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Medicine definitions for drowsiness

drowsiness

[ drouzē-nĭs ]

n.

A state of impaired awareness associated with a desire or inclination to sleep.hypnesthesia
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