\ ˈdrau̇-zē How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \
drowsier; drowsiest

Definition of drowsy

1a : ready to fall asleep The pills made her drowsy.
b : inducing or tending to induce sleep drowsy music
c : indolent, lethargic drowsy bureaucrats
2 : giving the appearance of peaceful inactivity a drowsy village

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Other Words from drowsy

drowsily \ ˈdrau̇-​zə-​lē How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \ adverb
drowsiness \ ˈdrau̇-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \ noun

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Examples of drowsy in a Sentence

We spent a drowsy afternoon by the pool. the drowsy students shuffled into the first-period class
Recent Examples on the Web The lion, however, did take a nap during the final weeks of August, and remained drowsy throughout most of September. Frederick Peters, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Many driver-assistance features are standard equipment, with the notable optional systems including a 360-degree camera system, drowsy driver detection, and a night-vision camera. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 29 Sep. 2021 The guests looked sometimes like drowsy animals by a watering hole: lolling around, moving their bodies only from their loungers to the pool. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 In November 2012, a Green Line conductor who was drowsy from working a second job allowed his trolley to ram into another train at Boylston station, injuring passengers and costing more than $500,000 in damage. BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2021 How to treat allergy symptoms To alleviate bothersome allergy symptoms, Steven suggested an over-the-counter, non-drowsy allergy medication. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2021 When Hawking was, by his own admission, an apathetic undergraduate at Oxford, cosmology was a drowsy discipline. Samanth Subramanian, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2021 Butler, Warren and Clermont were all in the top 20 list of Ohio counties for drowsy driving crashes last year, AAA said. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 12 Mar. 2021 Fifteen percent of all heavy truck crashes involves drowsy driving. Maggie Rauser, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of drowsy

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for drowsy

see drowse entry 1

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10 Oct 2021

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“Drowsy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drowsy. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drowsy

: tired and ready to fall asleep
: causing you to feel relaxed and ready to sleep


\ ˈdrau̇-zē How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \
drowsier; drowsiest

Kids Definition of drowsy

1 : ready to fall asleep
2 : causing sleepiness drowsy music

Other Words from drowsy

drowsily \ -​zə-​lē \ adverb "Lights out," said the Centipede drowsily. — Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach


\ ˈdrau̇-zē How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \
drowsier; drowsiest

Medical Definition of drowsy

: ready to fall asleep : sleepy

Other Words from drowsy

drowsily \ -​zə-​lē How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \ adverb
drowsiness \ -​zē-​nəs How to pronounce drowsy (audio) \ noun

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