AskDefine | Define drowsy

Dictionary Definition

drowsy adj
1 half asleep; "made drowsy by the long ride"; "it seemed a pity to disturb the drowsing (or dozing) professor"; "a tired dozy child"; "the nodding (or napping) grandmother in her rocking chair" [syn: drowsing(a), dozy]
2 showing lack of attention or boredom; "the yawning congregation" [syn: oscitant, yawning(a)] [also: drowsiest, drowsier]

User Contributed Dictionary



Probably from or akin to Old English drūsian



  1. Inclined to drowse; heavy with sleepiness; lethargic; dozy.
    I was feeling drowsy and so decided to make myself a cup of coffee to try to wake myself up.
  2. Disposing to sleep; lulling; soporific.
    It was a warm, drowsy summer afternoon.
  3. Dull; stupid.


inclined to drowse
  • French: somnolent
  • Russian: сонный
  • Spanish: adormecido
disposing to sleep
  • French: soporifique
  • Russian: усыпляющий
dull, stupid
  • French: stupide

Extensive Definition

Somnolence (or "drowsiness") is a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep, or sleeping for unusually long periods (c.f. hypersomnia). It has two distinct meanings, referring both to the usual state preceding falling asleep, and the chronic condition referring to being in that state independent of a circadian rhythm. The disorder characterized by the latter condition is most commonly associated with users of prescription hypnotics, such as mirtazapine or zolpidem.
It is considered a lesser impairment of consciousness than stupor or coma.


Sleepiness can be dangerous when performing tasks that require constant concentration, such as driving a vehicle. When a person is sufficiently fatigued, he or she may experience microsleeps (loss of concentration).

Associated conditions

drowsy in Bosnian: Somnolencija
drowsy in German: Somnolenz
drowsy in Korean: 졸림
drowsy in Croatian: Somnolencija
drowsy in Italian: Sonnolenza
drowsy in Polish: Somnolencja
drowsy in Swedish: Somnolens
drowsy in Thai: ความง่วง

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