adjective, grog·gi·er, grog·gi·est.

staggering, as from exhaustion or blows: a boxer groggy from his opponent's hard left jab.
dazed and weakened, as from lack of sleep: Late nights always make me groggy the next morning.
Archaic. drunk; intoxicated.

Origin of groggy

First recorded in 1760–70; grog + -y1
Related formsgrog·gi·ly, adverbgrog·gi·ness, noun

Synonyms for groggy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for groggily

Historical Examples of groggily

  • I got groggily to my feet and shook my head to clear my brain.

  • Outside, the morgel Dandtan had stunned got groggily to its feet.

  • Sube struggled to his feet, groggily murmuring, "Good boy, Sport."

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • He loosed his hold on Knave's throat, and stood up, groggily.

    Lad: A Dog

    Albert Payson Terhune

  • Culligore was staring about him groggily and muttering something about a blow on the head.

    The Gray Phantom

    Herman Landon

British Dictionary definitions for groggily


adjective -gier or -giest informal

dazed or staggering, as from exhaustion, blows, or drunkenness
faint or weak
Derived Formsgroggily, adverbgrogginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for groggily



1770, "drunk," from grog + -y (2). Non-alcoholic meaning "shaky, tottering" is from 1832, originally from the fight ring. Related: Groggily; grogginess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper