Definition of sleepy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsliːpi

adjective (sleepier, sleepiest)

  • 1Needing or ready for sleep: the wine had made her sleepy
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    • Your circadian rhythm is regulated by a biological clock in your brain that usually makes you sleepy at night and ready to wake up in the morning.
    • He sat down beside her, holding her hand as she lay down on the couch, already looking sleepy, yet ready to go back home.
    • I awoke much later but kept my eyes closed, I still felt a bit sleepy and wasn't ready to start work just yet.
    drowsy, tired, somnolent, languid, languorous, heavy-eyed, dozy, nodding, asleep on one's feet, yawning; lethargic, sluggish, inactive, enervated, torpid, comatose
    informal snoozy, dopey, yawny
    literary slumberous
    rare oscitant, slumbersome
  • 1.1Showing the effects of sleep: she rubbed her sleepy eyes
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    • Lazily, I stood up, stretched my sleepy muscles and went upstairs.
    • ‘I wonder if there's hope out there,’ said Eleto as he stretched and let out a sleepy yawn.
    • Stretching forth her sleepy limbs she yawns in tiredness.
  • 1.2Inducing sleep; soporific: the sleepy heat of the afternoon
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    • The incense had been burning for a while now, and the damp cottage was full of the sleepy, hypnotic smell that goes with magical workings.
    • We were all tired; the sleepy effects of night took their toll on us.
    • Cliff's generally most effective when he's most gentle, and this sleepy ballad does its job with smoochy aplomb.
  • 1.3(Of a place) without much activity: he turned off the road into a sleepy little town
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    • The Great Winchester Gun Riot of May 1908 almost sounds like a joke, a self-mocking send-up of the usually sleepy county town.
    • The normally sleepy port town of Lüderitz is expected for once to awake from its slumber when President San Nujoma visits the town next week.
    • What propelled Racine from sleepy farm town to 20th-century Florence of the Heartland?
    quiet, peaceful, tranquil, placid, slow-moving, inactive; dull, boring, backwater, backwoods
    informal one-horse
  • 1.4(Of a business or organization) lacking the ability or will to respond to change; not dynamic: the one-time sleepy world of pensions
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    • They ensured that senior staff were rewarded for their efforts and, in 10 years, transformed the firm from a sleepy business into a thriving success story.
    • The shock of being ditched from the stock exchange seems to have worked wonders for its sleepy management and forced it to make changes.
    • They did not fail because management was sleepy or arrogant.



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  • It looked so hopelessly harmless, the way it was lying around sleepily.
  • I dawdled by the carriages as the crowds loped sleepily off the train and homewards, frantically scouring the scene for Max.
  • My shriek woke the children, who arrived, sleepily, below the hatch.

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