Definition of drowsy in English:


adjectivedrowsier, drowsiest

  • 1Sleepy and lethargic; half asleep.

    ‘the wine had made her drowsy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Since drowsiness is the brain's last step before falling asleep, driving while drowsy can - and often does - lead to disaster.’
    • ‘It hissed, and he felt drowsy and sleepy instantly.’
    • ‘I cried for a while, but I got drowsy and fell asleep there.’
    • ‘Watching television or listening to music or a book on audiotape until becoming drowsy promotes falling asleep naturally.’
    • ‘I find myself drawn to the moon, completing the smallest of rituals in the dead of night, only to be sleepy and drowsy for the rest of the day.’
    • ‘As the bridegroom was late in coming, they all became drowsy, and fell asleep.’
    • ‘I went towards the bench since I felt so drowsy and I fell asleep without even knowing it.’
    • ‘If anybody plays with my hair even for the shortest time, I will feel sleepy and drowsy.’
    • ‘However, these symptoms may be absent and children may simply become feverish, drowsy and listless.’
    • ‘Here I am, at the end of the day, pleasantly tired and drowsy, ready for a good night's sleep.’
    • ‘Next Friday is Bastille Day, but even that famous celebration is unlikely to jolt sleepy Montpellier out of its drowsy charm.’
    • ‘Besides feeling drowsy and exhausted the next day, people with sleep apnea face high blood pressure and risk heart attacks and stroke.’
    • ‘As I walked down the hallway, my legs felt heavy, my mind drowsy.’
    • ‘William sounded drowsy and tired when he answered the phone.’
    • ‘I was still drowsy from whatever the drug he gave me contained.’
    • ‘Eight hours later an exhausted, drowsy, battered Adam sat slumped on a bench near the door leading on to the terrace.’
    • ‘Suddenly immensely tired and drowsy, I moved my feet and barely made it back to the couch before I fell.’
    sleepy, half asleep, dozy, dozing, heavy, heavy-eyed, yawning, nodding, groggy, somnolent, ready for bed, hardly able to keep one's eyes open
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    1. 1.1Causing sleepiness.
      ‘the drowsy heat of the meadows’
      • ‘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.’
      soporific, sleep-inducing, sleepy, somniferous, narcotic, sedative, calmative, tranquillizing
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    2. 1.2(of a place) peaceful and quiet.
      ‘a drowsy suburb called Surrey Hills’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The surrounding villages were dark and drowsy.’
      • ‘Pip spends the morning with Mr. Pumblechook at his drowsy seed-shop on the equally unexciting commercial street of town.’


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