[ som-nuh-luhnt ]
/ ˈsɒm nə lənt /


sleepy; drowsy.
tending to cause sleep.

Origin of somnolent

1425–75; late Middle English sompnolent < Old French < Latin somnolentus, derivative of somnus sleep; see -ulent

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British Dictionary definitions for somnolent

/ (ˈsɒmnələnt) /


drowsy; sleepy
causing drowsiness

Derived forms of somnolent

somnolence or somnolency, nounsomnolently, adverb

Word Origin for somnolent

C15: from Latin somnus sleep
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Medical definitions for somnolent

[ sŏmnə-lənt ]


Drowsy; sleepy.
Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.
In a condition of incomplete sleep; semicomatose.
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