From drowse +‎ -y, despite the fact that drowsy (1520) is recorded before drowse (1570). Compare Old English drūsian (to droop, drowse, become languid).


  • IPA(key): /ˈdɹaʊzi/
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  • Rhymes: -aʊzi


drowsy (comparative drowsier, superlative drowsiest)

  1. Inclined to drowse; heavy with sleepiness
    I was feeling drowsy and so decided to make a cup of coffee to try to wake myself up.
    Synonyms: lethargic, dozy
  2. Causing someone to fall sleep or feel sleepy; lulling; soporific.
    It was a warm, drowsy summer afternoon.
    drowsy medicine
  3. Boring.
    • 1928, Historical Outlook
      The narrative throughout holds the reader; it Is not a drowsy book.
  4. Dull; stupid. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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