somnolent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in 1615. Borrowed from French somnolent, from Old French sompnolent, subsequently from Latin somnolentus, from somnus (sleep), from Proto-Indo-European *swépnos, *supnós (dream), which both are derived from *swep-.

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somnolent (comparative more somnolent, superlative most somnolent)

  1. Drowsy or sleepy.
    • 1965, Thomas Pynchon, chapter 4, in The Crying of Lot 49, New York: Bantam Books, published 1976, →ISBN, page 60:
      One minute she was gazing at a mockup of a space capsule, safely surrounded by old, somnolent men; []
    • 1990 September 25, Michiko Kakutani, “Just 30 Years Later, Updike Has a Quartet”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      [] ; and in chronicling the passing parade of Harry's life, the books have also created a Kodachrome-sharp picture of American life - the psychic ups and downs, enthusiasms and reversals experienced by this nation as it moved from the somnolent 50's through the upheavals of the 60's and 70's into the uncertainties of the 80's.
  2. (dated) Causing literal or figurative sleepiness.
    Synonyms: soporific; see also Thesaurus:soporific

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin somnolentus.

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Adjective[edit]

somnolent (feminine somnolenta, masculine plural somnolents, feminine plural somnolentes)

  1. sleepy, drowsy

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French sompnolent, borrowed from Latin somnolentus.

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somnolent (feminine singular somnolente, masculine plural somnolents, feminine plural somnolentes)

  1. drowsy (inclined to drowse)

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Verb[edit]

somnolent

  1. third-person plural present indicative of somnoler
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of somnoler

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French somnolent, from Latin somnolentus.

Adjective[edit]

somnolent m or n (feminine singular somnolentă, masculine plural somnolenți, feminine and neuter plural somnolente)

  1. sleepy

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