adjective (drowsier; -est) Date: 1530 1. a. ready to fall asleep <
the pills made her drowsy
b. inducing or tending to induce sleep <
drowsy music
c. indolent, lethargic <
drowsy bureaucrats
2. giving the appearance of peaceful inactivity <
a drowsy village
drowsily adverbdrowsiness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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