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

Definition of groggy

: weak and unsteady on the feet or in action

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 Dan Slott has a spotlight panel and is probably groggy. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2022 Any longer and people may end up more groggy and less productive. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 8 May 2022 But the still-groggy coach issued a warning the morning after Georgia’s title-game win that staying on top would not come easily. Mike Rodak |, al, 27 Apr. 2022 Waking up during slow-wave sleep, which makes up the majority of your 1.5- to 2-hour sleep cycles, can leave you feeling groggy the next day. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 30 Dec. 2014 Down the road from Srebrenica, a Bosnian Serb coal miner answered the door in the late afternoon, a bit groggy. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 Road weary and groggy, the Cavs reached deep into their energy reserves Monday night and beat the Charlotte Hornets, 113-110, finishing with a 3-2 record on the trip. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 1 Nov. 2021 Daily arguments, typically starting in the groggy early mornings, about the importance of getting up and getting to school, often prove entirely fruitless for parents. John Duffy, CNN, 23 Aug. 2021 Anecdotally, medication leaves me feeling unpleasantly groggy in the morning and does little for the quality of my writing. Simon Hill, Wired, 21 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of groggy

1832, in the meaning defined above

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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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