\ 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

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 Over in Shevchenkove, a sleepy village four miles up the road toward Mykolaiv, more than two-thirds of the people have disappeared, said Father Pavlo, the priest presiding over St. John Church. Nabih Bulosstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Near Cancun, explore the sleepy fishing village of Puerto Morelos or the haute, bohemian design of Tulum. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 6 Jan. 2022 Indio is a desert, and Rio a tropical beach paradise; Rio a bustling metropolis of nearly 7 million people, and Indio, for most of the year, a sleepy small town. Griselda Flores, Billboard, 11 May 2022 Many report feeling sleepy, confused, anxious, or agitated for hours after the fact. Patti Greco,, 9 Nov. 2021 But the site technology is sleepy, slow and frustrating. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 In short, products that make people feel relaxed, happy, sleepy, sociable or giddy remain wildly popular across generations. Nancy A Shenker, Rolling Stone, 11 Oct. 2021 This long-running British favorite about an abrasive London surgeon who leaves his practice behind to become the GP of a sleepy seaside town delivers both in spades. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 8 May 2022 And the party is embarking on the effort in an off-year for national elections, an often sleepy time with a disengaged electorate and a recharging political base., 8 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sleepy

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

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More Definitions for sleepy


\ 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 sleepy (audio) \ noun

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