somnolent

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adjective som·no·lent \ ˈsäm-nə-lənt \

Definition of somnolent

1 :of a kind likely to induce sleep
  • a somnolent sermon
2 a :inclined to or heavy with sleep :drowsy
b :sleepy 2
  • somnolent rivers

somnolently

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Examples of somnolent in a Sentence

  1. trying to teach somnolent students on a very hot day

  2. the somnolent hum of insects in the grass

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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

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somnolent

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adjective som·no·lent \ -lənt \

medical Definition of somnolent

:inclined to or heavy with sleep :drowsy

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