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sleepy

[slee-pee] /ˈsli pi/
adjective, sleepier, sleepiest.
1.
ready or inclined to sleep; drowsy.
2.
of or showing drowsiness.
3.
languid; languorous:
a sleepy gesture.
4.
lethargic; sluggish:
a sleepy brook.
5.
quiet:
a sleepy village.
6.
inducing sleep; soporific:
sleepy warmth.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see sleep, -y1
Related forms
sleepily, adverb
sleepiness, noun
unsleepy, adjective
Synonyms
1. tired, somnolent, slumberous.
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Examples from the web for sleepy
  • During that time he did not feel sleepy or tired and did not show any disorders of mood, memory, or anxiety.
  • Once beautiful but sleepy, this region is now beautiful but sophisticated.
  • Other brands contain melatonin, the hormone that maintains your body's circadian clock, but also can make you sleepy.
  • In this sleepy city, culture is king and locals are experts in the art of good living.
  • They'd been feeding, probably on an unlucky wildebeest, and watched us with sleepy eyes.
  • Melatonin is what is released in your body when you get sleepy.
  • Journalists descended on a sleepy excavation site there and reported that it was a favorite target of looters.
  • When using a chalkboard as the primary delivery device, the lights are on and sleepy students are more obvious.
  • Some won't be able to, because they haven't the vocabulary or the math skills, or they're sleepy from their other jobs.
  • It doesn't get you silly or sleepy but it does block the huge surges of panic that can be so debilitating.
British Dictionary definitions for sleepy

sleepy

/ˈsliːpɪ/
adjective sleepier, sleepiest
1.
inclined to or needing sleep; drowsy
2.
characterized by or exhibiting drowsiness, sluggishness, etc
3.
conducive to sleep; soporific
4.
without activity or bustle: a sleepy town
Derived Forms
sleepily, adverb
sleepiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sleepy
adj.

early 13c. from sleep (n.) + -y (2). Perhaps in Old English but not recorded. Old English had slæpor, slæpwerig in the sense "sleepy;" slæpnes "sleepiness." Cf. Old High German slafag. Of places, from 1851 (Irving's Sleepy Hollow is from 1820). Sleepy-head is from 1570s. Related: Sleepily; sleepiness.

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