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sleepy

[ slee-pee ]
/ ˈsli pi /
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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.

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Origin of sleepy

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at sleep, -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM sleepy

sleep·i·ly, adverbsleep·i·ness, nounun·sleep·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sleepy

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 forms of sleepy

sleepily, adverbsleepiness, noun
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