Definition of sleepy in English:



  • 1Needing or ready for sleep.

    ‘the wine had made her sleepy’
    • ‘Allergies make people dopey and sleepy as well as sneezy.’
    • ‘So now I'm sitting here, feeling sleepy and lethargic.’
    • ‘He's a tired and sleepy little cowpoke and that makes him somber.’
    • ‘I also became sluggish and immobile, sleepy and calm.’
    • ‘She waited and afterwards, she felt tired and sleepy.’
    • ‘He sat down beside her, holding her hand as she lay down on the couch, already looking sleepy, yet ready to go back home.’
    • ‘The side effects of sedatives and calming drugs like Prozac used for destructive, anxious and fearful pets make animals sleepy or lethargic.’
    • ‘Even when she got to do the shoot she's telling the photographer that she's tired and 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.’
    • ‘In late spring and early summer, people may feel sleepy and tired in the afternoon due to the warm weather.’
    • ‘Caused by a lack of sunlight, it can leave sufferers feeling lethargic, sleepy and unable to concentrate.’
    • ‘I've noticed that whenever someone sits on the comfy couch in the tea room they start yawning and feel sleepy.’
    • ‘Make sure they are ready to play and not wet, hungry, sleepy, cranky or distracted.’
    • ‘Despite what one would think even though Jamie was so incredibly sleepy, sluggish, drowsy, and dozy, he didn't seem to mind.’
    • ‘I awoke much later but kept my eyes closed, I still felt a bit sleepy and wasn't ready to start work just yet.’
    • ‘I'm going to keep this brief since I am tired / sleepy and have been writing for the last two hours…’
    • ‘She has to take powerful drugs to control the pain and the inflammation, which often make her drowsy and sleepy.’
    • ‘She looked up at him, seeing that he appeared sleepy and tired.’
    • ‘But avoid overdoing it or you'll end up feeling sluggish and sleepy.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A lazy grin spreading over his sleepy face, Shanza burrowed into the heat happily, nose pressed against something soft and pliant.’
      • ‘‘I wonder if there's hope out there,’ said Eleto as he stretched and let out a sleepy yawn.’
      • ‘Lazily, I stood up, stretched my sleepy muscles and went upstairs.’
      • ‘Stretching forth her sleepy limbs she yawns in tiredness.’
      • ‘A sleepy voice yawned from the bed, yanking Cody from his thoughts.’
    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.’
      • ‘Just give in to the sleepy warmth of snow.’
      • ‘We were all tired; the sleepy effects of night took their toll on us.’
      • ‘Cliff's generally most effective when he's most gentle, and this sleepy ballad does its job with smoochy aplomb.’
      • ‘Somehow it manages to slice a clear swath through the thick humidity and sleepy heat of even the hottest day.’
      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's a small, sleepy place, peopled by fishing folk and farmers, but there are memories of past glories in the unexpectedly imposing church.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Post offices are no longer sleepy places where letters just get stamped and sent.’
      • ‘England is not just full of white, middle class people and the countryside is not all sleepy lanes and thatched cottages.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We should picture, it seems, a sleepy county town like Ipswich or Norwich in the 1830s.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My destination was the sleepy town of Yallingup some 265 kilometres from Perth where the Ngilgi Caves are located.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What propelled Racine from sleepy farm town to 20th-century Florence of the Heartland?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘It's quite a sleepy place and a lot of weight is put on what the public say,’ said PC Cummings.’
      • ‘Shopping plazas have sprung up in every imaginable location of this sleepy town.’
      • ‘That sleepy morning, before he heated his bath water, he was nursing a hangover.’
      • ‘It is today a sleepy town but was world famous once.’
      • ‘As development continued, the High Street changed from a sleepy village street to a busy shopping centre complete with its own cinemas.’
      • ‘The Great Winchester Gun Riot of May 1908 almost sounds like a joke, a self-mocking send-up of the usually sleepy county town.’
      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’
      • ‘The shock of being ditched from the stock exchange seems to have worked wonders for its sleepy management and forced it to make changes.’
      • ‘Bad news for sleepy admins; but good news overall, as this checks the worm's spread somewhat.’
      • ‘From where I sit the book business looks very sleepy indeed.’
      • ‘The focus shifted from sleepy, semi-State business-as-usual towards private sector-style efficiencies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here the market is expected to improve in both consumer and business PCs after a sleepy first half of the year.’
      • ‘Many investors, however, take it upon themselves to give sleepy management a wake-up call.’
      • ‘Born of people's misfortunes, credit counseling was a sleepy cottage industry for a long time.’
      • ‘They did not fail because management was sleepy or arrogant.’