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 groggy (audio) \ adverb
grogginess \ ˈgrä-​gē-​nəs How to pronounce groggy (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 Maybe London traders are feeling a bit groggy this morning. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 30 June 2021 Portland Timbers: Portland is beginning to wake up after a groggy start to the season. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 After the officer yelled numerous times, the driver moved her head and appeared to be groggy. John Benson, cleveland, 19 May 2021 Any extra hours throw off your circadian rhythm and leave you feeling groggy. Katie Intner, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Apr. 2021 Al Pacino leads Christopher Nolan’s atmospheric thriller, which captures the dislocation of Alaska’s endless daylight in the tale of a groggy detective, investigating a murder, who may be a villain as well as the hero. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 28 Oct. 2020 Schneider, 37, woke up Tuesday a little tired and groggy. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2020 The Georgetown professor was groggy, still tucked under her comforter when her research began. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2020 After forcing down some food, Deng went home to shower, and then, feeling groggy, took a nap. Vivian Wang,, 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of groggy

1832, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jul 2021

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“Groggy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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