sleepy

sleepy, *drowsy, somnolent, slumberous mean affected by a desire to sleep or inducing such a desire.
Sleepy, the ordinary term of this group, applies not only to persons but to things that suggest a resemblance to persons who show a readiness to fall asleep
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away, you rogue, away! I am sleepy—Shak.)

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a sleepy town

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the quiet, sleepy railroad station— Anderson

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The term also applies to conditions or to things which incline one to sleep or to dozing or dreaming
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the yellowhammer trills his sleepy song in the noonday heat— L. P. Smith

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Drowsy differs from sleepy in carrying a stronger implication of the heaviness or loginess associated with sleepiness than of the actual need of rest
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become drowsy after a heavy dinner

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when the sun should burn through the leaves . . . Mrs. Barkley would grow drowsy . . . and go off to take a nap— Deland

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When applied to things rather than to persons, drowsy connotes more obviously than sleepy a soporific power
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not poppy, nor mandragora, nor all the drowsy syrups of the world, shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep which thou owedst yesterday— Shak.

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idrowsy tinklings lull the distant folds— Gray

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the leisurely swishing of the water to leeward was like a drowsy comment on her progress— Conrad

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Somnolent may be used in place of drowsy; usually, however, it connotes the sluggishness or inertness characteristic of one who is sleepy or drowsy or the capacity for inducing this rather than the actual impulse to sleep or doze
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a somnolent want of interest— De Quincey

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Eustacia waited, her somnolent manner covering her inner heat and agitation— Hardy

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the somnolent pages of a three-volume novel

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Slumberous is often used in the sense of sleepy or drowsy or somnolent; occasionally it carries a distinctive connotation in which it usually suggests quiescence or the repose of latent powers
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I . . . heard the mountain's slumberous voice— Shelley

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Eustacia's manner was as a rule of a slumberous sort, her passions being of the massive rather than the vivacious kind— Hardy

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Analogous words: *lethargic, sluggish, comatose

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