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Examples of somnolent in a Sentence
trying to teach somnolent students on a very hot day
the somnolent hum of insects in the grass
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Still, much of the audience was quiet, even somnolent.
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The Sleepy History of somnolent
Somnolent first appeared in the late 15th century in the redundant phrase "somnolent sleep." It came into English by way of Anglo-French from the Latin word somnolentus, which itself comes from somnus, meaning "sleep." Another offspring of somnus is somnambulism, a synonym of sleepwalking. Insomnia is also a member of this sleepy word family, though it might be considered the black sheep, since it means, of course, "the inability to sleep."
Origin and Etymology of somnolent
Middle English sompnolent, from Anglo-French, from Latin somnolentus, from somnus sleep; akin to Old English swefn sleep, Greek hypnos
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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