- 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
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Examples from the Web for groggy
There, waiting trucks will drive the groggy rhinos into the middle of the delta.South Africa’s Great Rhino Airlift
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I stepped off the plane, caught that first groggy whiff of jet fuel and my body instantly registered where I was.How I’ll End the War: My First Week Back in Afghanistan
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As I start to make calls, groggy American colleagues walk into the newsroom.When a Bomb Goes Off in Afghanistan
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He claims that Dulles botched the negotiations because he was groggy from jet lag—a little understood concept then.Not Much New in Douglas Rushkoff’s Reading of the Future
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Evan, pale and groggy, was being interviewed by a detective when I entered the room.Arnold Pardoned My Son’s Attacker
May 11, 2011
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.Romance
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Think of that, with the Grasshopper as groggy as a five days old calf!
He was too groggy to say a word, but he comes pretty near winnin' me right there.
Frank Corson was shaking his head slowly like a groggy fighter.Ten From Infinity
Paul W. Fairman
- dazed or staggering, as from exhaustion, blows, or drunkenness
- faint or weak
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Word Origin and History for groggy
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