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sleep +‎ -y


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  • IPA(key): /ˈsliːpi/
  • Rhymes: -iːpi


sleepy (comparative sleepier, superlative sleepiest)

  1. Tired; feeling the need for sleep.
  2. Suggesting tiredness.
    • 1994, Stephen Fry, The Hippopotamus Chapter 2
      At the very moment he cried out, David realised that what he had run into was only the Christmas tree. Disgusted with himself at such cowardice, he spat a needle from his mouth, stepped back from the tree and listened. There were no sounds of any movement upstairs: no shouts, no sleepy grumbles, only a gentle tinkle from the decorations as the tree had recovered from the collision.
  3. Tending to induce sleep; soporific.
    a sleepy drink or potion
  4. Dull; lazy; heavy; sluggish.
  5. Quiet; without bustle or activity.
    a sleepy English village




sleepy (uncountable)

  1. (informal) The gum that builds up in the eye; sleep, gound.
    • 1964, Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion:
      "Did he always leave the sleepy in his eyes?" "Never removed it; let it build up in the comers of his eyes over the weeks until it was heavy enough to fall []
    • 1991, Martin Amis, London Fields:
      But the nightdress was heavy, the sleepy in her eyes was heavy, her hair (she made a mustache of one of its locks) was heavy and smelled of cigarettes []
    Synonym: (which see for more) sleep