sleepy·​head ˈslē-pē-ˌhed How to pronounce sleepyhead (audio)
: a sleepy person

Examples of sleepyhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the ability to cook so many eggs at a time, this machine means parents and meal-preppers alike can feed their broods without worrying about spills, messes or hassle—that fact alone is enough to get even the biggest sleepyhead up and out of bed in the morning! Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2020 The rumble from the available 5.7-liter V-8 is unlike anything else in the segment (save for the Durango), and the V-6 is no sleepyhead either. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 6 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sleepyhead was in 1577

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“Sleepyhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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sleepy·​head -ˌhed How to pronounce sleepyhead (audio)
: a sleepy person

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