\ ˈdrau̇-zē How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \
drowsier; drowsiest

Definition of drowsy

1a : ready to fall asleep The pills made her drowsy.
b : inducing or tending to induce sleep drowsy music
c : indolent, lethargic drowsy bureaucrats
2 : giving the appearance of peaceful inactivity a drowsy village

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Other Words from drowsy

drowsily \ ˈdrau̇-​zə-​lē How to pronounce drowsily (audio) \ adverb
drowsiness \ ˈdrau̇-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce drowsiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for drowsy


dozy, sleepy, slumberous (or slumbrous), somnolent


alert, awake, conscious, wakeful, wide-awake

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Examples of drowsy in a Sentence

We spent a drowsy afternoon by the pool. the drowsy students shuffled into the first-period class

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According to Matthew Walker, sleep expert, neuroscientist, and Berkeley professor, driving while drowsy is more dangerous than drunk driving. Mayo Oshin, Quartzy, "Five scientifically proven ways to fall asleep faster," 19 June 2019 To the contrary, government statistics show that drowsy driving leads to hundreds—perhaps even thousands—of deaths every year. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "People keep spotting Teslas with snoozing drivers on the freeway," 18 June 2019 Each child would receive vaccinations, making some feel drowsy and sick in the days to come. Aaron Leibowitz, miamiherald, "Harsh prison or cushy camp? Ex-staffers have different takes on life at Homestead shelter," 11 July 2018 The Sleep Foundation notes that drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 crashes every year, and can be just as bad as driving drunk. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Why Schools Should Start Later and Teens Should Sleep More," 4 Jan. 2019 Not getting enough sleep can lead to unhealthy eating, depression, other health problems, and can result in drowsy driving, which is what Adam was talking about. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Why Schools Should Start Later and Teens Should Sleep More," 4 Jan. 2019 Sometimes they were told these were vitamins, and recalled feeling drowsy, dizzy or particularly hungry after taking the medication. Samantha Schmidt, The Seattle Times, "Trump administration must stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent, judge rules," 31 July 2018 The city that never sleeps always get slightly drowsy come August: With summer winding to an end, vacation days dwindling, and weekends bleeding into Mondays. Carson Griffith, Town & Country, "I'm Still Here," 19 Aug. 2013 Entrepreneurs trying to capitalize on busy workplaces filled with drowsy staffers who don't get enough sleep recently have started marketing power-napping booths to businesses. Eric Scott, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Office sleep pods are here, but is dozing off at work really a thing?," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of drowsy

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for drowsy

see drowse entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of drowsy

: tired and ready to fall asleep
: causing you to feel relaxed and ready to sleep


\ ˈdrau̇-zē How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \
drowsier; drowsiest

Kids Definition of drowsy

1 : ready to fall asleep
2 : causing sleepiness drowsy music

Other Words from drowsy

drowsily \ -​zə-​lē \ adverb “Lights out,” said the Centipede drowsily. — Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach


\ ˈdrau̇-zē How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \
drowsier; drowsiest

Medical Definition of drowsy

: ready to fall asleep : sleepy

Other Words from drowsy

drowsily \ -​zə-​lē How to pronounce drowsily (audio) \ adverb
drowsiness \ -​zē-​nəs How to pronounce drowsiness (audio) \ noun

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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