[ grog-ee ]
/ ˈgrɒg i /

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

Examples from the Web for grogginess

  • The stagger was partly due to his grogginess, and partly due to the Coriolis forces acting within the spinning ship.

    The Highest Treason|Randall Garrett
  • He staggered and swayed, putting on as good a show of grogginess as he could.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F.|Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • He shook his head to clear it, but the grogginess persisted.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery|Harold Leland Goodwin

British Dictionary definitions for grogginess


/ (ˈɡrɒɡɪ) /

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 grogginess



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