drowsy

adjective
\ 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 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 How to treat allergy symptoms To alleviate bothersome allergy symptoms, Steven suggested an over-the-counter, non-drowsy allergy medication. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Spring pollen has arrived in Wisconsin. Here's how to tell the difference between COVID-19 and allergies," 14 Apr. 2021 When Hawking was, by his own admission, an apathetic undergraduate at Oxford, cosmology was a drowsy discipline. Samanth Subramanian, The New Republic, "The Mysteries of Stephen Hawking’s Universe," 6 Apr. 2021 Butler, Warren and Clermont were all in the top 20 list of Ohio counties for drowsy driving crashes last year, AAA said. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "AAA: Hamilton, Butler, Warren and Clermont counties rank high for drowsy driving," 12 Mar. 2021 Fifteen percent of all heavy truck crashes involves drowsy driving. Maggie Rauser, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Safe Kids Carroll County: Lack of sleep can cause injuries," 6 Mar. 2021 Topics can include seat belt usage, distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding or drowsy driving. cleveland, "Seniors can get “check-in calls” during pandemic in Cleveland Hts, University Hts.: Press Run," 24 Apr. 2020 At this point, putting your baby to bed drowsy but awake can help encourage him to sleep through the night. Craig Canapari, New York Times, "How to Sleep Train Your Baby," 18 Apr. 2020 Use soothing scents to set a drowsy mood (Photo: Reviewed.com / Jackson Ruckar) Researchers have found that people exposed to the fragrance of lavender feel more relaxed. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, "11 tips to sleep better during the coronavirus pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 But Tigertail is also a lot of things The Farewell isn't: drowsy, shambolic, underthought. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Tigertail': Film Review," 10 Apr. 2020

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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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25 Apr 2021

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“Drowsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drowsy. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 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

drowsy

adjective
\ 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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