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 adverb
drowsiness noun

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 But a level beyond the above audible and visual cues has changed this landscape of blunting the upward trend of drowsy driving. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2024 These are physical alerts to wake a drowsy driver to re-take vehicle control). Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2024 Alternatively drowsy antihistamines like Benadryl, which are available over- the- counter in most countries, can help induce sleepiness for a single night as well. Anna Gordon, TIME, 21 Dec. 2023 Keeps you safe and alert on the road The iQ also features a smart driver monitoring system called Driver Aware (DMS) to combat distracted and or drowsy driving. Kurt Knutsson, Fox News, 18 Nov. 2023 The questionnaires also showed the volunteers felt significantly more tired, drowsy, and fed up and less lively, happy, and active from videoconferencing than face-to-face sessions. IEEE Spectrum, 21 Nov. 2023 The number of fatalities involving drowsy drivers in 2021, the most recent year available, was 684, or 1.6% of the year’s total fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Chris Morris, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2023 This may be personally admirable (industriousness, sacrifice, dedication to de-escalating a war) or socially irresponsible (drowsy driving). Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 12 Oct. 2023 Our young visitor wore teal footie pajamas and looked at us with drowsy eyes. Gina Rich, Travel + Leisure, 25 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see drowse entry 1

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of drowsy was in 1530

Dictionary Entries Near drowsy

Cite this Entry

“Drowsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drowsy. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

drowsy

adjective
drowsier; drowsiest
1
: ready to fall asleep
2
: making one sleepy
a drowsy afternoon
drowsily adverb
drowsiness noun

Medical Definition

drowsy

adjective
drowsier; drowsiest
: ready to fall asleep : sleepy
drowsily adverb
drowsiness noun

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