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drowsy

[drou-zee] /ˈdraʊ zi/
adjective, drowsier, drowsiest.
1.
half-asleep; sleepy.
2.
marked by or resulting from sleepiness.
3.
dull; sluggish.
4.
inducing lethargy or sleepiness:
drowsy spring weather.
Origin of drowsy
1520-1530
1520-30; drowse + -y1
Related forms
drowsily, adverb
drowsiness, noun
Synonyms
1. somnolent, dozy. 3. lethargic, listless.
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  • Sometimes I went with him on Sunday to hear the minister, but I was always tired and drowsy, and could not keep awake.'

    Effie Maurice Fanny Forester
  • In the drowsy afternoon, most of the lepers lay in their rock dens asleep.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • "I'm depending upon you for the bread," he said to the drowsy man in the hammock.

  • And from the crimson petals arose a faint, drowsy fragrance.

  • During the interval of several seconds he remained in a sort of drowsy stupor, with his gaze fixed upon the curling flames.

    The Red Tavern Charles Raymond Macauley
  • "My, but that's a sound to make one drowsy," laughed Noll contentedly.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks H. Irving Hancock
  • A reduction of ten per cent every week can be carried through, if a pledge is given to one's self in a drowsy state.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
British Dictionary definitions for drowsy

drowsy

/ˈdraʊzɪ/
adjective drowsier, drowsiest
1.
heavy with sleepiness; sleepy
2.
inducing sleep; soporific
3.
sluggish or lethargic; dull
Derived Forms
drowsily, adverb
drowsiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drowsy
adj.

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.

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