grog·​gy | \ ˈgrä-gē How to pronounce groggy (audio) \
groggier; groggiest

Definition of groggy

: weak and unsteady on the feet or in action

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Other Words from groggy

groggily \ ˈgrä-​gə-​lē How to pronounce groggily (audio) \ adverb
grogginess \ ˈgrä-​gē-​nəs How to pronounce grogginess (audio) \ noun

Examples of groggy in a Sentence

I'm still a little groggy from my nap. The medicine sometimes makes patients groggy.

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Everyone goes through four to six distinct sleep cycles per night; waking up during the active REM stage can leave people feeling groggy and anxious. Maridel Reyes, Glamour, "'Biohacking' Your Anxiety Is a Buzzy Practice—but What Does It Actually Mean?," 16 Oct. 2018 That interrupted sleep makes for a groggy day after. 10. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "10 Things in Your House That Are Making You Tired," 23 Sep. 2015 Those awakened from slow-wave sleep are groggy and disoriented. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Hot Heads: Why Mammals Need R.E.M. Sleep," 7 June 2018 Warm Bath Don't forget about the power of a simple pre-bedtime bath to get you in a groggy state. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 All-Natural Remedies to Get a Better Night's Sleep," 11 Nov. 2010 The groggy passenger said the trees reminded her of Poland. Thomas Swick, Longreads, "Letters from Trenton," 5 July 2018 For a book signing in Brooklyn last fall, the line of kids and groggy parents formed predawn. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "How to Keep Cooking-Obsessed Kids Busy This Summer," 19 June 2018 Sleep Not getting enough sleep can make people groggy and exhausted. Jan Burns, Houston Chronicle, "Activities, life choices can help keep memory sharp," 15 June 2018 Finn woke the next morning, groggy and numb, barely aware that something was happening around him. John L’heureux, The New Yorker, "The Long Black Line," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of groggy

1832, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of groggy

: not able to think or move normally because of being tired, sick, etc.


grog·​gy | \ ˈgrä-gē How to pronounce groggy (audio) \
groggier; groggiest

Kids Definition of groggy

: weak, dazed, and unsteady The medicine made me groggy.

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a strong desire or propensity

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