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.
Recent Examples on the Web Schneider, 37, woke up Tuesday a little tired and groggy. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 symptoms can be all or nothing: 'This virus just has the whole kit and caboodle'," 23 Mar. 2020 The Georgetown professor was groggy, still tucked under her comforter when her research began. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "As the country moves to reopen, Americans weigh necessity, fear and longing," 24 Apr. 2020 After forcing down some food, Deng went home to shower, and then, feeling groggy, took a nap. Vivian Wang,, "China health workers’ stories reflect unpredictability of illness," 14 Mar. 2020 Rogers knows that by the fourth game of a tournament, pitching depth is at its thinnest and teams can become a bit groggy. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Baseball: First-year coach Rogers trying to mold Pearland," 7 Mar. 2020 Most of us sleep too little, but too much sleep can leave you groggy. Good Housekeeping, "Power Through Holiday Stress With These Expert-Approved Tips and Tricks," 21 Dec. 2019 Dreamlike projections designed by Kelly Colburn — an agitated crowd, a mysterious silhouette, lights surging across a groggy boxer’s vision — correlate with the themes of both personal and societal conflict. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Timely ‘The Royale’ comes out swinging," 10 Oct. 2019 There are anecdotes of instantaneous alertness; waking up feeling rested and sharp instead of nauseous and groggy. Kyle Beechey, Bon Appétit, "I Tried Those New, Flashy Hangover Cures to See If They Worked," 25 Oct. 2019 The groggy driver tried to hand over his cell phone. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Man stabs roommate: Westlake Police Blotter," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of groggy

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Groggy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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