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

Synonyms & Antonyms for sleepy

Synonyms

dozy, drowsy, slumberous (or slumbrous), somnolent

Antonyms

alert, awake, conscious, wakeful, wide-awake

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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

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Detroit Free Press staff, Detroit Free Press In a sleepy little conservative town in the Thumb where bologna is king and where Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election with nearly 65% of the vote, Shelley O’Brien took a stand. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Hotel manager's Facebook offer: Need an abortion? Come to Michigan.," 7 June 2019 The three women lived in the same house in Paradise, a sleepy town of 27,000 nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record. Javier Panzar, latimes.com, "Months after Camp fire, grandmother and granddaughter are latest victims to be identified," 4 June 2019 Chicago maybe once needed star out-of-towners to lend legitimacy to our sleepy meat-and-potatoes town. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Petit Margeaux puts local, modern spin on classic French café fare," 13 Sep. 2017 Not too long ago, this small seaside city had the languor of a sleepy beach town. Sanjay Surana, WSJ, "Cambodia: The Chicest New Beach Destination in Asia," 15 Jan. 2019 On the plus side, the mask’s ample wraparound design includes infrared lights meant to treat wrinkles, sensors to track your heart rate and movement, and embedded headphones that pipe in audio-meditation and sleepy soundscapes. Rebecca Dolan, WSJ, "Trouble Sleeping? High-Tech Masks Can Help," 25 July 2018 In 1983, Alain Wertheimer, the co-owner of Chanel, asked Lagerfeld to breathe new life into the iconic French house, which had been in sleepy decline since Coco Chanel’s death at the age of 87 in 1971. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Legendary Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died," 19 Feb. 2019 Don’t expect any sleepy tours of dusty artifacts here, either. Juliet Izon, Country Living, "7 Patriotic Sights to Take In on the Ultimate Philadelphia Road Trip," 15 Nov. 2018 But the chat was perhaps a little sleepier than hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies expected. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Um, Did Michael Bolton Just Fall Asleep on Live TV?," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of sleepy

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

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sleepy

adjective

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 sleepiness (audio) \ noun

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