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 groggy

Contemporary Examples of groggy

Historical Examples of groggy

  • There was a hissing sound, a flash of light, and you got groggy, and went out.

  • How you would get on afterwards with old Groggy Rowley, I don't know.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • Think of that, with the Grasshopper as groggy as a five days old calf!

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • He was too groggy to say a word, but he comes pretty near winnin' me right there.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Frank Corson was shaking his head slowly like a groggy fighter.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

British Dictionary definitions for groggy


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 groggy

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