Adjective "Drowsy" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Sleepy and lethargic; half asleep.
  1. 'Next Friday is Bastille Day, but even that famous celebration is unlikely to jolt sleepy Montpellier out of its drowsy charm.'
  2. 'As the bridegroom was late in coming, they all became drowsy, and fell asleep.'
  3. 'I cried for a while, but I got drowsy and fell asleep there.'
  4. 'I went towards the bench since I felt so drowsy and I fell asleep without even knowing it.'
  5. 'Besides feeling drowsy and exhausted the next day, people with sleep apnea face high blood pressure and risk heart attacks and stroke.'
  6. 'However, these symptoms may be absent and children may simply become feverish, drowsy and listless.'
  7. 'William sounded drowsy and tired when he answered the phone.'
  8. 'She has to take powerful drugs to control the pain and the inflammation, which often make her drowsy and sleepy.'
  9. 'I was still drowsy from whatever the drug he gave me contained.'
  10. 'If anybody plays with my hair even for the shortest time, I will feel sleepy and drowsy.'
  11. 'the drowsy heat of the meadows'
  12. '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.'
  13. 'And today, as evidenced by the drowsy street outside, was the day of rest.'
  14. 'Pip spends the morning with Mr. Pumblechook at his drowsy seed-shop on the equally unexciting commercial street of town.'
  15. 'Jem and Scout lived in Maycomb, Alabama, a drowsy, isolated town where everyone knew everyone.'


1. half-asleep; sleepy.

2. marked by or resulting from sleepiness.

3. dull; sluggish.

4. inducing lethargy or sleepiness: drowsy spring weather.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be drowsy with wines."

"people can be drowsy to outsides."

"people can be drowsy in warmths."

"people can be drowsy about broths."

"patients can be drowsy from effects."

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