adjective, grog·gi·er, grog·gi·est.
  1. staggering, as from exhaustion or blows: a boxer groggy from his opponent's hard left jab.
  2. dazed and weakened, as from lack of sleep: Late nights always make me groggy the next morning.
  3. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for grogginess

Historical Examples of grogginess

  • 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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for grogginess


adjective -gier or -giest informal
  1. dazed or staggering, as from exhaustion, blows, or drunkenness
  2. 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