When you’re sleepy, you’re tired or drowsy. Snow White’s dwarf who is always yawning? That’s Sleepy!

Sleepy people need to sleep. Sleepy things (like a sleepy yawn or a sleepy face) can be evidence of how exhausted someone is. If a place is described as sleepy, it means “unexciting” or “without activity,” so you could call the little village where your grandparents live a sleepy town. You can also call your tired friend a “sleepy head,” a term that’s been around since the 1500s.

Definitions of sleepy
  1. adjective

    ready to fall asleep

    “beginning to feel
    sleepy-eyed child with drooping eyelids”
    sleepy-eyed, sleepyheaded


    in a state of sleep

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