adjective, sleep·i·er, sleep·i·est.
Origin of sleepy
Synonyms for sleepy
Examples from the Web for sleepy
The film helps to draw scores of visitors to this sleepy river town year after year.
BIRKIANI, Georgia — Time seems to stop in this sleepy Georgian village high in the green mountains of the Pankisi Gorge.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.|Anna Nemtsova|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last year Fox gifted the world with the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” retelling we never knew we needed.Naked Ben Franklin Christens the Campy Return of ‘Sleepy Hollow’|Amy Zimmerman|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it was a shadow of its former self: sleepy, unprofitable, and not particularly confident about its complicated past.Pancakes and Pickaninnies: The Saga of ‘Sambo’s,’ The ‘Racist’ Restaurant Chain America Once Loved|Andrew Romano|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now she is grateful for the jobs the tourist boom has brought to her once sleepy town, but admits it has taken away other jobs.
It was in the old school by the cross-roads, one sleepy September afternoon.Secret of the Woods|William J. Long
Confused and feeling guilty, he stumbled over to it and answered the call in a cracked, sleepy voice.Beginners Luck|Emily Hahn
Presently a thrush began to sing hard by, and with a little stretch and a sleepy sigh Tamara opened her big blue eyes.Cornwall's Wonderland|Mabel Quiller-Couch
All the same, doctor, if you can give me something to overcome this sleepy feeling I shall be glad.The Dreadnought of the Air|Percy F. Westerman
Besides, I think I've told you all I wanted to; probably you're sleepy too.A Sportsman's Sketches|Ivan Turgenev
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.