Word of the DayFriday, January 18, 2002
\SOM-nuh-luhnt\ , adjective;
Sleepy; drowsy; inclined to sleep.
Tending to cause sleepiness or drowsiness.
In his case, restrained ultimately meant boring, as the audience was lulled into a somnolent state.
-- Teresa Wiltz, "The Hip, the Flip, the Flop", Washington Post, March 3, 2000
Meanwhile, many a somnolent local authority has been stirred into action by Davidson's blunt approach.
-- John Lucas, "Memorials are made of these on the eve of Remembrance Sunday", Daily Telegraph, November 7, 1998
Back in the somnolent heat of Bangalore he wrote a revealing novel entitled Savrola.
-- David Stafford, Churchill and Secret Service
Somnolent is from Latin somnolentus, from somnus, "sleep." A related word is insomnia (in-, "not" + somnus).
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