adjective, drow·si·er, drow·si·est.

  1. half-asleep; sleepy.
  2. marked by or resulting from sleepiness.
  3. dull; sluggish.
  4. inducing lethargy or sleepiness: drowsy spring weather.

adjective drowsier or drowsiest

  1. heavy with sleepiness; sleepy
  2. inducing sleep; soporific
  3. sluggish or lethargic; dull

1520s, probably ultimately from Old English drusan, drusian “sink,” also “become languid, slow, or inactive” (related to dreosan “to fall”), from Proto-Germanic *drus- (see dreary). But there is no record of it in Middle English. Related: Drowsily; drowsiness.

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