- sleepy; drowsy.
- tending to cause sleep.
Origin of somnolent
1425–75; late Middle English sompnolent < Old French < Latin somnolentus, derivative of somnus sleep; see -ulent
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1. slumberous. 2. somniferous, soporific.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- drowsy; sleepy
- causing drowsiness
C15: from Latin somnus sleep
Word Origin and History for hypersomnolent
mid-15c., sompnolent, from Old French sompnolent (Modern French somnolent) or directly from Latin somnolentus "sleepy, drowsy," from somnus "sleep" (see Somnus). Respelled 17c. on Latin model.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Drowsy; sleepy.
- Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.
- In a condition of incomplete sleep; semicomatose.
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