drowsy

adjective
\ˈdrau̇-zē \
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 \-zə-lē \ adverb
drowsiness \-zē-nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for drowsy

Synonyms

hypnotic, narcotic, opiate, slumberous (or slumbrous), somnolent, soporific

Antonyms

stimulant

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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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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 To help spread awareness about the dangerous effects that fatigue can have on drivers, Short is travelling to a few cities this summer conducting drowsy driving simulations. NBC News, "How to tell if you're too tired to drive — and what to do if you are," 8 July 2018 Musically, both singles inventively reclaimed the sound of uplift in a generally drowsy pop-rap era. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Drake Can’t Pull Off Being the ‘Good Guy’," 5 July 2018 Now, drowsy, sprawling McCordsville is trying to settle the type of noise dispute more common in dense big cities. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Concerts at winery strike sour note with neighbors in McCordsville," 22 June 2018 These modern engines run like a pack of Australian shepherds — efficient, quiet and even drowsy, until something needs to be chased. Kyle Stock, chicagotribune.com, "Replacement for displacement has arrived in small engines making a whole lotta horsepower," 19 June 2018 The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles later posted the graphic video on Facebook as an example of the importance of not driving while tired or drowsy. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Fatigued Florida man survives violent car crash into toll booth. It was caught on video," 12 June 2018 Despite his wound, the victim kept trying to stand up, the witness said, and appeared to be drowsy and possibly intoxicated. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "'Stupid drug thing' sparks Claiborne Avenue shooting," 2 June 2018 But motifs of blue whales flying above piers to tattoos on movie stars work to defy drowsy stereotypes. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Martyn Lawrence Bullard Gives the Hotel Californian a Dose of Funk," 29 May 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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drowsy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of drowsy

: tired and ready to fall asleep

: causing you to feel relaxed and ready to sleep

drowsy

adjective
\ˈdrau̇-zē \
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
drowsiness \-zē-nəs \ noun

drowsy

adjective
\ˈdrau̇-zē \
drowsier; drowsiest

Medical Definition of drowsy 

: ready to fall asleep : sleepy

Other Words from drowsy

drowsily \-zə-lē \ adverb
drowsiness \-zē-nəs \ noun

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