oxford views updated May 23 2018
drow·sy / ˈdrouzē/ •
adj. (-si·er, -si·est) sleepy and lethargic; half asleep: the wine had made her drowsy. ∎ causing sleepiness: the drowsy heat of the meadows. ∎ (esp. of a place) very peaceful and quiet: a drowsy suburb.DERIVATIVES: drow·si·ly / -zəlē/ adv.drow·si·ness n.
oxford views updated May 14 2018
XVI. prob. based on the stem of OE. drūsian
be languid or sluggish, f. *drūs-
, var. of base drēosan
fall (cf. DREARY
). See -Y 1
Hence, by back-formation, drowse
be inactive, or heavy or
dull with sleep. XVI.