sleepy

[ slee-pee ]
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adjective,sleep·i·er, sleep·i·est.
  1. ready or inclined to sleep; drowsy.

  2. of or showing drowsiness.

  1. languid; languorous: a sleepy gesture.

  2. lethargic; sluggish: a sleepy brook.

  3. quiet: a sleepy village.

  4. inducing sleep; soporific: sleepy warmth.

Origin of sleepy

1
Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at sleep, -y1

Other words for sleepy

Other words from sleepy

  • sleep·i·ly, adverb
  • sleep·i·ness, noun
  • un·sleep·y, adjective

Words Nearby sleepy

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How to use sleepy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sleepy

sleepy

/ (ˈsliːpɪ) /


adjectivesleepier or sleepiest
  1. inclined to or needing sleep; drowsy

  2. characterized by or exhibiting drowsiness, sluggishness, etc

  1. conducive to sleep; soporific

  2. without activity or bustle: a sleepy town

Derived forms of sleepy

  • sleepily, adverb
  • sleepiness, noun

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