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[drou-zee] /ˈdraʊ zi/
adjective, drowsier, drowsiest.
half-asleep; sleepy.
marked by or resulting from sleepiness.
dull; sluggish.
inducing lethargy or sleepiness:
drowsy spring weather.
Origin of drowsy
1520-30; drowse + -y1
Related forms
drowsily, adverb
drowsiness, noun
1. somnolent, dozy. 3. lethargic, listless. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for drowsily
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  • drowsily his lids drooped; then he opened his eyes, met her eyes and struggled up to reach her face.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Finally his stirrings roused her and she asked him drowsily what ailed him.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • "I wonder he has never married," interposed Lady Blunket, drowsily, with her usual attention to the context.

    Guy Deverell, v. 1 of 2 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • They feed him some broth and a little wine, and he drops off drowsily again.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • “There is food in the huts,” said an Ox-boar-man, drowsily, and looking away from me.

  • “Ah, Roberts,” sighed Bracy drowsily as he raised himself on one arm.

    Fix Bay'nets George Manville Fenn
  • The children approached it at the dinner hour and it listened patiently if drowsily to their question.

    The Magic City Edith Nesbit
  • "Oh, you are dreaming," drowsily murmured the weary girl in the other bed.

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall Ruth Alberta Brown
  • “Thou wast ever in a harl,” said Stephen, drowsily using the Hampshire word for whirl or entanglement.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • drowsily and completely bereft of any will-power of our own we trudged after them.

British Dictionary definitions for drowsily


adjective drowsier, drowsiest
heavy with sleepiness; sleepy
inducing sleep; soporific
sluggish or lethargic; dull
Derived Forms
drowsily, adverb
drowsiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drowsily



1520s, probably ultimately from Old English drusan, drusian "sink," also "become languid, slow, or inactive" (related to dreosan "to fall"), from Proto-Germanic *drus- (see dreary). But there is no record of it in Middle English. Related: Drowsily; drowsiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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