grog·gy | \ ˈgrä-gē \
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 \ adverb
grogginess \ˈgrä-gē-nəs \ 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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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 So the next episode’s groggy surrealism — involving a college-party gig — felt like a continuation of the previous week’s. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Atlanta’ Skips a Grade," 11 May 2018 Franklin stumbled to answer, disoriented and groggy. Anchorage Daily News, "When freedom feels like extortion: Bail bondsmen accused of exploiting poor clients," 31 Mar. 2018 Officers found a rather groggy man who had taken prescribed Valium for a back injury. Everton Bailey Jr.,, "Fatal crash reported along US 26 near Manning," 19 Mar. 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 \
groggier; groggiest

Kids Definition of groggy

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

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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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