be drowsy

  • 1 Drowsy — Drow sy, a. [Compar. {Drowsier}; superl. {Drowsiest}.] 1. Inclined to drowse; heavy with sleepiness; lethargic; dozy. When I am drowsy. Shak. [1913 Webster] Dapples the drowsy east with spots of gray. Shak. [1913 Webster] To our age s drowsy… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 drowsy — [drou′zē] adj. drowsier, drowsiest 1. a) sleepy or half asleep; lethargic b) making drowsy; soporific 2. brought on by sleepiness 3. peacefully quiet or inactive [a drowsy village] SYN …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 drowsy — index torpid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 drowsy — drau̇ zē adj, drows·i·er; est ready to fall asleep: SLEEPY drows·i·ly zə lē adv drows·i·ness zē nəs n …

    Medical dictionary

  • 5 drowsy — 1520s, probably ultimately from O.E. drusan, drusian sink, also become languid, slow, or inactive (related to dreosan to fall ), from P.Gmc. *drus (see DREARY (Cf. dreary)). But there is no record of it in M.E. Related: Drowsiness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 drowsy — *sleepy, somnolent, slumberous Analogous words: comatose, *lethargic, sluggish, torpid Contrasted words: alert, vigilant, *watchful: *active, live, dynamic: animated, *lively, vivacious …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 drowsy — [adj] sleepy comatose, dazed, dopy, dozing, dozy, dreamy, drugged, half asleep, heavy, indolent, lackadaisical, languid, lazy, lethargic, lulling, napping, nodding, out of it*, restful, sluggish, slumberous, snoozy, somnolent, soothing, soporific …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 drowsy — ► ADJECTIVE (drowsier, drowsiest) ▪ sleepy and lethargic. DERIVATIVES drowsily adverb drowsiness noun. ORIGIN probably from an Old English word meaning «be languid or slow»; related to DREARY(Cf. ↑dreary) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 drowsy — adjective (drowsier; est) Date: 1530 1. a. ready to fall asleep < the pills made her drowsy > b. inducing or tending to induce sleep < drowsy music > c. indolent, lethargic < drowsy bureaucrats > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 drowsy — UK [ˈdraʊzɪ] / US adjective Word forms drowsy : adjective drowsy comparative drowsier superlative drowsiest feeling that you want to sleep Some cough medicines can make you feel drowsy. Derived word: drowsily adverb …

    English dictionary

  • 11 drowsy — adjective a) 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. b) Disposing to sleep; lulling; soporific. It was a warm, drowsy summer afternoon …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 drowsy — drow|sy [ˈdrauzi] adj [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably from Old English drusian to be lazily slow ] 1.) tired and almost asleep = ↑sleepy ▪ The drug can make you drowsy. 2.) so peaceful that you feel relaxed and almost asleep = ↑sleepy ▪ a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 drowsy — [15] The etymological notion underlying drowsy seems to be of heaviness, with eyelids falling and the head nodding over the chest. The word probably comes from a Germanic base *drūs , which also produced drūsian, an Old English verb meaning ‘be… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 14 drowsy — [[t]dra͟ʊzi[/t]] drowsier, drowsiest ADJ GRADED If you feel drowsy, you feel sleepy and cannot think clearly. He felt pleasantly drowsy and had to fight off the urge to sleep. Derived words: drowsiness N UNCOUNT Big meals during the day cause… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 drowsy — adjective 1 tired and almost asleep, usually because of food, drugs, or because you are in a warm place: The cat lay drowsy and content in the sunshine. 2 so peaceful that you feel relaxed and tired: a drowsy summer afternoon drowsily adverb… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 drowsy — adjective 1) the pills made her drowsy Syn: sleepy, dozy, groggy, somnolent; tired, weary, fatigued, exhausted, yawning, nodding; lethargic, sluggish, torpid, listless, languid; informal snoozy, dopey, yawny …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 drowsy — [15] The etymological notion underlying drowsy seems to be of heaviness, with eyelids falling and the head nodding over the chest. The word probably comes from a Germanic base *drūs , which also produced drūsian, an Old English verb meaning ‘be… …

    Word origins

  • 18 drowsy — drowsily, adv. drowsiness, n. /drow zee/, adj., drowsier, drowsiest. 1. half asleep; sleepy. 2. marked by or resulting from sleepiness. 3. dull; sluggish. 4. inducing lethargy or sleepiness: drowsy spring weather. [1520 30; DROWSE + Y1] …

    Universalium

  • 19 drowsy — drows|y [ drauzi ] adjective feeling that you want to sleep: Some cough syrups can make you feel drowsy. ╾ drows|i|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 drowsy — drow•sy [[t]ˈdraʊ zi[/t]] adj. si•er, si•est 1) half asleep; sleepy 2) marked by or resulting from sleepiness 3) dull; sluggish; listless 4) inducing lethargy or sleepiness: drowsy spring weather[/ex] • Etymology: 1520–30 drow′si•ly, adv.… …

    From formal English to slang