sleepy

adjective \ ˈslē-pē \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of sleepy

sleepier; sleepiest
1 a : 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

sleepily

play \ˈslē-pə-lē\ adverb

sleepiness

play \ˈslē-pē-nəs\ noun

Examples of sleepy in a Sentence

  1. She felt sleepy and went to bed.

  2. the sleepy children were carried up to bed

Recent Examples of sleepy from the Web

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First Known Use of sleepy

13th century


SLEEPY Defined for English Language Learners

sleepy

adjective

Definition of sleepy for English Language Learners

  • : tired and ready to fall asleep

  • : quiet and not active or busy


SLEEPY Defined for Kids

sleepy

adjective \ ˈslē-pē \

Definition of sleepy for Students

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

sleepiness

noun

Medical Dictionary

sleepy

adjective \ ˈslē-pē \

medical Definition of sleepy

sleepier; sleepiest
: ready to fall asleep

sleepiness

play \-pē-nəs\ noun


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