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adjective, sleep·i·er, sleep·i·est.
  1. ready or inclined to sleep; drowsy.
  2. of or showing drowsiness.
  3. languid; languorous: a sleepy gesture.
  4. lethargic; sluggish: a sleepy brook.
  5. quiet: a sleepy village.
  6. inducing sleep; soporific: sleepy warmth.

Origin of sleepy

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at sleep, -y1
Related formssleep·i·ly, adverbsleep·i·ness, nounun·sleep·y, adjective

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Related Words for sleepily

languidly, slowly, drowsily, sluggishly

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British Dictionary definitions for sleepily


adjective sleepier or sleepiest
  1. inclined to or needing sleep; drowsy
  2. characterized by or exhibiting drowsiness, sluggishness, etc
  3. conducive to sleep; soporific
  4. without activity or bustlea sleepy town
Derived Formssleepily, adverbsleepiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sleepily



early 13c. from sleep (n.) + -y (2). Perhaps in Old English but not recorded. Old English had slæpor, slæpwerig in the sense "sleepy;" slæpnes "sleepiness." Cf. Old High German slafag. Of places, from 1851 (Irving's Sleepy Hollow is from 1820). Sleepy-head is from 1570s. Related: Sleepily; sleepiness.

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