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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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  • In the second place, the driver was drunk, and the horse was groggy, and the fiacre was in the last stage of dilapidation.

    In the Days of My Youth Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
  • There was a hissing sound, a flash of light, and you got groggy, and went out.

  • Here the groggy little man set up so loud a laugh that Captain Glew walked away, and the conversation came to an end.

    The Last Entry William Clark Russell
  • Think of that, with the Grasshopper as groggy as a five days old calf!

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • groggy Fox pointed to one of the surrounding vessels as he swept past in the Cormorant.

    The Lively Poll R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for groggy


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 groggy

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 groggy



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.
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