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.

Nearby words

  1. drownproof,
  2. drownproofing,
  3. drowse,
  4. drowsihead,
  5. drowsiness,
  6. drub,
  7. drubbing,
  8. drucilla,
  9. drudge,
  10. drudgery

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 drowsy

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 drowsy

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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