sleepy

[ slee-pee ]
/ ˈsli pi /

adjective, sleep·i·er, sleep·i·est.

ready or inclined to sleep; drowsy.
of or showing drowsiness.
languid; languorous: a sleepy gesture.
lethargic; sluggish: a sleepy brook.
quiet: a sleepy village.
inducing sleep; soporific: sleepy warmth.

Nearby words

  1. sleepover,
  2. sleepshirt,
  3. sleepwalk,
  4. sleepwalking,
  5. sleepwear,
  6. sleepy hollow chair,
  7. sleepyhead,
  8. sleet,
  9. sleety,
  10. sleeve

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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British Dictionary definitions for sleepily

sleepy

/ (ˈsliːpɪ) /

adjective sleepier or sleepiest

inclined to or needing sleep; drowsy
characterized by or exhibiting drowsiness, sluggishness, etc
conducive to sleep; soporific
without activity or bustlea sleepy town
Derived Formssleepily, adverbsleepiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for sleepily

sleepy

adj.

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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