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[ drou-zee ]


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

    Synonyms: dozy, somnolent

  2. marked by or resulting from sleepiness.
  3. dull; sluggish.

    Synonyms: listless, lethargic

  4. inducing lethargy or sleepiness:

    drowsy spring weather.


/ ˈdraʊzɪ /


  1. heavy with sleepiness; sleepy
  2. inducing sleep; soporific
  3. sluggish or lethargic; dull

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdrowsily, adverb
  • ˈdrowsiness, noun

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Other Words From

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of drowsy1

First recorded in 1520–30; drowse + -y 1

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Example Sentences

Awakened from a nap, he appeared drowsy at first, but brightened up considerably when Dearie placed a few pieces of boiled sweet potato within reach.

Sleep and sleep quality is clearly important to Fitbit—you can also set an alarm to wake you when you’re in a lighter sleep stage so you feel less drowsy.

I know driving makes me drowsy, even when I’ve gotten enough sleep, so now I prioritize pulling over to take a nap, even if that means my drive takes twice as long.

Perhaps a car that blinks a little light when it thinks that you’re drowsy based on how your face looks might not be that harmful.

She and Shemar often stay up late watching TV, and when Shemar made it to school he was often drowsy in class.

Casablancas speaks in a drowsy mumble and occasionally needs prodding, but once you do, becomes surprisingly engaged.

There was a busy, bustling, disputatious tone about it, instead of the accustomed phlegm and drowsy tranquillity.

Barely 20 years ago, Brazil was a drowsy, underperfoming Third World nation, plagued by hyperinflation and boom-and-bust growth.

He was too drowsy to hold the thought more than a moment in his mind, much less to reflect upon it.

He soon experienced an unwonted sense of fatigue, then a drowsy sensation came over him.

Ay, murmured the sick woman, relapsing into her former drowsy state, what about her?what aboutI know!

Dorothy began to feel drowsy, directly she had nothing left to engage her attention.

Fanchon's grandmother stirs up the drowsy fire; then she breaks the eggs on the black earthenware platter.


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