sleepy

adjective
\ ˈslē-pē How to pronounce sleepy (audio) \
sleepier; sleepiest

Definition of sleepy

1a : ready to fall asleep
b : of, relating to, or characteristic of sleep
2 : sluggish as if from sleep : lethargic also : having little activity a sleepy coastal village
3 : sleep-inducing

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Other Words from sleepy

sleepily \ ˈslē-​pə-​lē How to pronounce sleepy (audio) \ adverb
sleepiness \ ˈslē-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce sleepy (audio) \ noun

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Examples of sleepy in a Sentence

She felt sleepy and went to bed. the sleepy children were carried up to bed
Recent Examples on the Web Even the sleepy and often overlooked city Office of Community Technology can — and should — be leveraged to help shrink a digital divide that remains in Portland, Rubio said. oregonlive, "Carmen Rubio, Portland’s 1st Latinx City Commissioner and proven bridge-builder, takes office," 5 Jan. 2021 Throughout the morning, the sleepy Moon will be at an awkward angle to the Sun in your 4th House of Home and Family, so getting out of bed might take a few extra hours than usual, but the afternoon promises pleasurable social opportunities. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for January 1, 2021," 1 Jan. 2021 So much for the team’s sleepy reputation, columnist Bryce Miller writes. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: The $2,000 question," 30 Dec. 2020 The Padres are swinging for baseball’s fence and obliterating their sleepy reputation in one of MLB’s far-flung outposts, again. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres adding Blake Snell, possibly Yu Darvish, shows relentless effort to win," 28 Dec. 2020 The typically busy downtown street was fairly sleepy Friday in the early hours of Christmas, Cooper said. NBC News, "Nashville police investigating 'intentional' Christmas morning vehicle explosion," 25 Dec. 2020 Its cinnamon scent wafts through the house, drawing sleepy heads into the kitchen and setting a comforting tone for the rest of the day. Star Tribune, "Breakfast bread pudding is naughty and nice," 23 Dec. 2020 Despite its reputation for being relatively sleepy compared to its East Coast counterparts, Boston is currently undergoing a violent crime streak. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Soros reshapes prosecutor landscape with crucial victories despite Democratic down-ballot struggles," 17 Dec. 2020 Their votes are typically a sleepy affair, a final ceremonial step to move the country toward Inauguration Day. New York Times, "Electoral College Voter: Long an Honor, and Now Also a Headache," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sleepy

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sleepy was in the 13th century

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“Sleepy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleepy. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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sleepy

adjective
How to pronounce sleepy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sleepy

: tired and ready to fall asleep
: quiet and not active or busy

sleepy

adjective
\ ˈslē-pē How to pronounce sleepy (audio) \
sleepier; sleepiest

Kids Definition of sleepy

1 : ready to fall asleep : drowsy
2 : not active, noisy, or busy a sleepy town

Other Words from sleepy

sleepiness noun

sleepy

adjective
\ ˈslē-pē How to pronounce sleepy (audio) \
sleepier; sleepiest

Medical Definition of sleepy

: ready to fall asleep

Other Words from sleepy

sleepiness \ -​pē-​nəs How to pronounce sleepy (audio) \ noun

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