What does drowsy mean?

Definitions for drowsy
ˈdraʊ zidrowsy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drowsy, drowsing(a), dozyadjective

    half asleep

    "made drowsy by the long ride"; "it seemed a pity to disturb the drowsing (or dozing) professor"; "a tired dozy child"; "the nodding (or napping) grandmother in her rocking chair"

  2. drowsy, oscitant, yawning(a)adjective

    showing lack of attention or boredom

    "the yawning congregation"


  1. drowsyadjective

    Inclined to drowse; heavy with sleepiness; lethargic; dozy.

    I was feeling drowsy and so decided to make a cup of coffee to try to wake myself up.

  2. drowsyadjective

    Disposing to sleep; lulling; soporific.

    It was a warm, drowsy summer afternoon.

  3. drowsyadjective

    Dull; stupid.

  4. Etymology: Probably from or akin to drusian.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Drowsyadjective

    Etymology: from drowse.

    Drowsy am I, and yet can rarely sleep. Philip Sidney.

    Men drowsy, and desirous to sleep, or before the fit of an ague, do use to yawn and stretch. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    The flowers, call’d out of their beds,
    Start and raise up their drowsy heads. John Cleveland.

    Drunken at last, and drowsy they depart,
    Each to his house. Dryden.

    Sir Guyon, mindful of his vows yplight,
    Up rose from drowsy couch. Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant. 3.

    While thus she rested, on her arm reclin’d,
    The hoary willows waving with the wind,
    And feather’d quires that warbled in the shade,
    And purling streams that through the meadow stray’d,
    In drowsy murmurs lull’d the gentle maid. Addison.

    Those inadvertencies, a body would think, even our author, with all his drowsy reasoning, could never have been capable of. Francis Atterbury.


  1. drowsy

    Drowsy refers to a state of feeling sluggish, sleepy, or lethargic, typically as a result of tiredness or lack of sleep. It can also indicate being half asleep or having a strong desire to sleep.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drowsy

    inclined to drowse; heavy with sleepiness; lethargic; dozy

  2. Drowsy

    disposing to sleep; lulling; soporific

  3. Drowsy

    dull; stupid

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drowsy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drowsy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of drowsy in a Sentence

  1. Sapna Westley:

    They’re especially good for when you’re having trouble sleeping, since they make you drowsy.

  2. Daniel Blower:

    It has always been a problem, but my hunch is that (drowsy driving) has probably increased.

  3. Daniel Blower:

    It's clearly a significant problem and it's rampant, it has always been a problem, but my hunch is that (drowsy driving) has probably increased.

  4. Sir Thomas More:

    A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.

  5. Nadine Kaslow:

    While a pill might seem easier in the moment, it doesn't help you improve the situation overall, and there are side effects to many of these medications -- like a drowsy hangover or having a hard time getting up.

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