Definition of drowsy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrouzē/

adjective (drowsier, drowsiest)

1Sleepy and lethargic; half asleep: the wine had made her drowsy
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  • I may have gone if not for him calling me when I was still drowsy and half asleep.
  • Valia got up, still drowsy and half asleep with her hand on her hip.
  • She has to take powerful drugs to control the pain and the inflammation, which often make her drowsy and sleepy.
sleepy, dozy, groggy, somnolent;
tired, weary, fatigued, exhausted, yawning, nodding;
lethargic, sluggish, torpid, listless, languid
informal snoozy, dopey, yawny, dead beat, all in, dog-tired, bone-weary
1.1Causing sleepiness: the drowsy heat of the meadows
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  • Flowers explode with color, tree trunks pulse with thick veins of sap, stones appear almost like living cells in the drowsy heat of the mid-afternoon sun.
  • The drowsy warmth of my room was beginning to take it's toll on me and I was soon sprawled on my bed asleep.
narcotic, sedative, tranquilizing;
lulling, soothing
1.2(Especially of a place) very peaceful and quiet: a drowsy suburb
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  • And today, as evidenced by the drowsy street outside, was the day of rest.
  • Everything feels so warm and lovely, very much different from the drowsy atmosphere of the sea over at our place.
  • Jem and Scout lived in Maycomb, Alabama, a drowsy, isolated town where everyone knew everyone.



Pronunciation: /ˈdrouzəlē/
Example sentences
  • I toddled drowsily into the kitchen, rubbing the sleep from my eyes and feeling a whole lot better, to find Dolly sitting at the closed door, gazing forlornly out.
  • You slip drowsily into your dressing gown and tiptoe quietly to the top of the stairs.
  • Mr. Dickenson let me get up and I drowsily stumbled over to my bed on the ground.


Late 15th century: probably from the stem of Old English drūsian 'be languid or slow', of Germanic origin; related to dreary.

Words that rhyme with drowsy

blowsy, Dalhousie, frowzy, housey-housey, lousy

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Syllabification: drow·sy

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