\ 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

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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 Fresh air and sunshine are good for them and tend to make both people and pets sleepy. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "My Pet World: Why does my dog prefer to eat off the floor?," 9 Nov. 2019 Without Alabama, things have been pretty sleepy so far. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Ghosts of Alabama linger at the College Football Playoff," 27 Dec. 2019 On that recent Sunday morning, the city certainly wasn’t sleepy. Alexandria Misch, Los Angeles Times, "Vegan? Sober? Here’s the Tijuana for you," 28 Sep. 2019 The first event was sleepy, said pastor Sarah Halverson-Cano. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Children’s drag queen event at Costa Mesa church draws protest," 21 Sep. 2019 Wyatt notes that some people feel relaxed and sleepy after watching television, while others feel wide-awake after flipping through a page-turning book. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Forget What You Think You Know About Blue Light and Sleep," 10 Jan. 2020 Before the 1980s, banking was a sleepy, hierarchical business that played a minor role in the economy. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Everyone Wants to Be a Bank," 6 Jan. 2020 Curtis and Carilyn hooked the trailer to a white Ford F-250 pickup and nestled the sleepy girl into her car seat. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "On the farm: One family's battle to save a livelihood after milking goes sour," 2 Jan. 2020 Sunday will never recall naps in a beach tent that her uncle wrestled diligently with to build; peaceful, early morning strolls through sleepy island streets; her great grandmother. Cassie Shortsleeve, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Power of Traveling With an Infant—Even If They’ll Never Remember," 1 Jan. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sleepy

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


\ 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


\ 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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