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[grog-ee] /ˈgrɒg i/
adjective, groggier, groggiest.
staggering, as from exhaustion or blows:
a boxer groggy from his opponent's hard left jab.
dazed and weakened, as from lack of sleep:
Late nights always make me groggy the next morning.
Archaic. drunk; intoxicated.
Origin of groggy
1760-70; grog + -y1
Related forms
groggily, adverb
grogginess, noun
2. sluggish, lethargic; woozy, dopey. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for groggily
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  • I got groggily to my feet and shook my head to clear my brain.

  • Outside, the morgel Dandtan had stunned got groggily to its feet.

  • Culligore was staring about him groggily and muttering something about a blow on the head.

    The Gray Phantom Herman Landon
  • He loosed his hold on Knave's throat, and stood up, groggily.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • I groggily stood up, and stepped over Mabel, who was just beginning to moan.

    Sorry: Wrong Dimension Ross Rocklynne
  • Rorke rose sluggishly, groggily, staggeringly, to the summons for the sixth round.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • Sube struggled to his feet, groggily murmuring, "Good boy, Sport."

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • When she called he groggily opened one eye half way, and fumbled for the toggle-switch.

    Man of Many Minds E. Everett Evans
British Dictionary definitions for groggily


adjective (informal) -gier, -giest
dazed or staggering, as from exhaustion, blows, or drunkenness
faint or weak
Derived Forms
groggily, adverb
grogginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for groggily



1770, "drunk," from grog + -y (2). Non-alcoholic meaning "shaky, tottering" is from 1832, originally from the fight ring. Related: Groggily; grogginess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for groggily



Sleepy; dazed; semiconscious: Conlon was so groggy that he wanted to know why Nelson was not coaching the Warriors (1832+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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