drowsy

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adjective \ ˈdrau̇-zē \

Definition of drowsy

drowsier; drowsiest
1 a :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

drowsily

play \-zə-lē\ adverb

drowsiness

play \-zē-nəs\ noun

Examples of drowsy in a Sentence

  1. We spent a drowsy afternoon by the pool.

  2. the drowsy students shuffled into the first-period class

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Origin and Etymology of drowsy


DROWSY Defined for English Language Learners

drowsy

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adjective

Definition of drowsy for English Language Learners

  • : tired and ready to fall asleep

  • : causing you to feel relaxed and ready to sleep


DROWSY Defined for Kids

drowsy

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adjective \ ˈdrau̇-zē \

Definition of drowsy for Students

drowsier; drowsiest
1 :ready to fall asleep
2 :causing sleepiness
  • drowsy music

drowsily

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

drowsiness

\-zē-nəs\ noun

Medical Dictionary

drowsy

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adjective \ ˈdrau̇-zē \

medical Definition of drowsy

drowsier; drowsiest
:ready to fall asleep :sleepy

drowsily

play \-zə-lē\ adverb

drowsiness

play \-zē-nəs\ noun


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