• IPA: /ˈsliːpi/

sleepy (comparative sleepier, superlative sleepiest)

  1. Tired; feeling the need for sleep.
    • She wak'd her sleepy crew.
  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.
    • 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene v]:
      'Tis not sleepy business;
      But must be looked to speedily and strongly.
  5. Quiet; without bustle or activity.
    a sleepy English village
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sleepy (uncountable)

  1. (informal) The gum that builds up in the eye; sleep, gound.
    Synonyms: sleep

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