adjective, sleep·i·er, sleep·i·est.
- sleepy hollow chair,
Origin of sleepy
Examples from the Web for sleepily
"It must have got turned round like," explained Florence sleepily.The Devourers|Annie Vivanti Chartres
"There be hundreds and millions of 'em," said Peter sleepily.Furze the Cruel|John Trevena
Low, earnest voices, but he heard no words and was sleepily confused.At the Crossroads|Harriet T. Comstock
I kept very quiet, and he brushed two or three times past my legs, eyeing me sleepily.Wood Folk at School|William J. Long
I thought the joke obvious and ill-timed and sleepily said so.Murder in Any Degree|Owen Johnson
adjective sleepier or sleepiest
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.