\ 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

Other Words from drowsy

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Bad poll numbers and a collapsing domestic and international situation have excited the typically drowsy president into action. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 4 June 2022 Antihistamines can be combined with decongestant tablets, like pseudoephedrine, which also have a non-drowsy antihistamine. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2021 Washington, sporting a salt-and-pepper beard and an appropriately drowsy gaze, is an elder Macbeth, playing him as a warrior in his twilight years, better days supposedly behind him. David Sims, The Atlantic, 12 Jan. 2022 One of the great advancements was the development of non-drowsy antihistamine drugs. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Dec. 2021 SenseTime is one of China’s largest artificial intelligence companies, pairing cameras and software algorithms for uses that include identity verification and monitoring whether a driver is drowsy or distracted. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 Allen and Hensrud say there are numerous factors as to why people feel drowsy after a Thanksgiving dinner. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 26 Nov. 2021 Cars already know how to park themselves, warn drowsy drivers, steer back into the right lanes and propose map routes to destinations. Yuri Kageyama, chicagotribune.com, 15 Nov. 2021 The lion, however, did take a nap during the final weeks of August, and remained drowsy throughout most of September. Frederick Peters, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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More Definitions for drowsy


\ 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 drowsy (audio) \ adverb
drowsiness \ -​zē-​nəs How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \ noun

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