Definition of sleepy in English:



  • 1Needing or ready for sleep.

    ‘the wine had made her sleepy’
    • ‘I also became sluggish and immobile, sleepy and calm.’
    • ‘She waited and afterwards, she felt tired and sleepy.’
    • ‘In late spring and early summer, people may feel sleepy and tired in the afternoon due to the warm weather.’
    • ‘I've noticed that whenever someone sits on the comfy couch in the tea room they start yawning and feel sleepy.’
    • ‘Your circadian rhythm is regulated by a biological clock in your brain that usually makes you sleepy at night and ready to wake up in the morning.’
    • ‘So now I'm sitting here, feeling sleepy and lethargic.’
    • ‘I awoke much later but kept my eyes closed, I still felt a bit sleepy and wasn't ready to start work just yet.’
    • ‘Things are feeling weird at the moment because on the one hand I'm being very busy, and on the other I'm feeling very tired and sleepy.’
    • ‘Despite what one would think even though Jamie was so incredibly sleepy, sluggish, drowsy, and dozy, he didn't seem to mind.’
    • ‘She looked up at him, seeing that he appeared sleepy and tired.’
    • ‘Even when she got to do the shoot she's telling the photographer that she's tired and sleepy.’
    • ‘Caused by a lack of sunlight, it can leave sufferers feeling lethargic, sleepy and unable to concentrate.’
    • ‘Make sure they are ready to play and not wet, hungry, sleepy, cranky or distracted.’
    • ‘She has to take powerful drugs to control the pain and the inflammation, which often make her drowsy and sleepy.’
    • ‘The side effects of sedatives and calming drugs like Prozac used for destructive, anxious and fearful pets make animals sleepy or lethargic.’
    • ‘I'm going to keep this brief since I am tired / sleepy and have been writing for the last two hours…’
    • ‘But avoid overdoing it or you'll end up feeling sluggish and sleepy.’
    • ‘He's a tired and sleepy little cowpoke and that makes him somber.’
    • ‘Allergies make people dopey and sleepy as well as sneezy.’
    • ‘He sat down beside her, holding her hand as she lay down on the couch, already looking sleepy, yet ready to go back home.’
    drowsy, tired, somnolent, languid, languorous, heavy-eyed, dozy, nodding, asleep on one's feet, yawning
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    1. 1.1 Showing the effects of sleep.
      ‘she rubbed her sleepy eyes’
      • ‘Stretching forth her sleepy limbs she yawns in tiredness.’
      • ‘‘I wonder if there's hope out there,’ said Eleto as he stretched and let out a sleepy yawn.’
      • ‘A sleepy voice yawned from the bed, yanking Cody from his thoughts.’
      • ‘Lazily, I stood up, stretched my sleepy muscles and went upstairs.’
      • ‘A lazy grin spreading over his sleepy face, Shanza burrowed into the heat happily, nose pressed against something soft and pliant.’
      • ‘And then he started asking me what I had planned for the day, and seemed non-pulsed to find all he got in response was some sleepy murmurs.’
    2. 1.2 Inducing sleep; soporific.
      ‘the sleepy heat of the afternoon’
      • ‘The incense had been burning for a while now, and the damp cottage was full of the sleepy, hypnotic smell that goes with magical workings.’
      • ‘Somehow it manages to slice a clear swath through the thick humidity and sleepy heat of even the hottest day.’
      • ‘Cliff's generally most effective when he's most gentle, and this sleepy ballad does its job with smoochy aplomb.’
      • ‘Just give in to the sleepy warmth of snow.’
      • ‘We were all tired; the sleepy effects of night took their toll on us.’
      soporific, sleep-inducing, somnolent, hypnotic
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    3. 1.3 (of a place) without much activity.
      ‘he turned off the road into a sleepy little town’
      • ‘It is today a sleepy town but was world famous once.’
      • ‘It's a small, sleepy place, peopled by fishing folk and farmers, but there are memories of past glories in the unexpectedly imposing church.’
      • ‘The Great Winchester Gun Riot of May 1908 almost sounds like a joke, a self-mocking send-up of the usually sleepy county town.’
      • ‘The normally sleepy port town of Lüderitz is expected for once to awake from its slumber when President San Nujoma visits the town next week.’
      • ‘This is a sleepy place, even in high season, but it attracts a community of surfers year-round, many coming for the world-class waves at Anchor Point.’
      • ‘England is not just full of white, middle class people and the countryside is not all sleepy lanes and thatched cottages.’
      • ‘‘It's quite a sleepy place and a lot of weight is put on what the public say,’ said PC Cummings.’
      • ‘During the summer of 1998 the location of the German capital moved from the sleepy town of Bonn to the largest city in the country: Berlin.’
      • ‘It's a sleepy place with lots of guest workers to cater for visitors, and offers little of the festive culture you find elsewhere in the Caribbean.’
      • ‘Post offices are no longer sleepy places where letters just get stamped and sent.’
      • ‘My destination was the sleepy town of Yallingup some 265 kilometres from Perth where the Ngilgi Caves are located.’
      • ‘That sleepy morning, before he heated his bath water, he was nursing a hangover.’
      • ‘As I came over the top of the hill, I looked around to get my bearing and admire the view of the sleepy town of Lagos.’
      • ‘As development continued, the High Street changed from a sleepy village street to a busy shopping centre complete with its own cinemas.’
      • ‘Shopping plazas have sprung up in every imaginable location of this sleepy town.’
      • ‘What propelled Racine from sleepy farm town to 20th-century Florence of the Heartland?’
      • ‘The outlandish story focuses on a sleepy village that is literally divided in two after inept officials draw an arbitrary line through a map of the country in their haste to reach a pub before closing time.’
      • ‘Scenic beaches line the island and are just minutes from the picturesque countryside, quiet sleepy lanes and stunning views.’
      • ‘Unlike the sleepy town, the harbour was a hive of activity.’
      • ‘We should picture, it seems, a sleepy county town like Ipswich or Norwich in the 1830s.’
      quiet, peaceful, tranquil, placid, slow-moving, inactive
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    4. 1.4 (of a business or organization) lacking the ability or will to respond to change; not dynamic.
      ‘the one-time sleepy world of pensions’
      • ‘They ensured that senior staff were rewarded for their efforts and, in 10 years, transformed the firm from a sleepy business into a thriving success story.’
      • ‘The focus shifted from sleepy, semi-State business-as-usual towards private sector-style efficiencies.’
      • ‘The shock of being ditched from the stock exchange seems to have worked wonders for its sleepy management and forced it to make changes.’
      • ‘They did not fail because management was sleepy or arrogant.’
      • ‘Many investors, however, take it upon themselves to give sleepy management a wake-up call.’
      • ‘Bad news for sleepy admins; but good news overall, as this checks the worm's spread somewhat.’
      • ‘Born of people's misfortunes, credit counseling was a sleepy cottage industry for a long time.’
      • ‘Here the market is expected to improve in both consumer and business PCs after a sleepy first half of the year.’
      • ‘From where I sit the book business looks very sleepy indeed.’