AskDefine | Define somnolent

Dictionary Definition

somnolent adj : inclined to or marked by drowsiness; "slumberous (or slumbrous) eyes"; "`slumbery' is archaic"; "the sound had a a somnolent effect" [syn: slumberous, slumbery, slumbrous]

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English

Etymology

First attested in 1615. From Old French sompnolent ( > French somnolent), < somnolentus < somnus "sleep". Replaced older form: sompnolent.

Pronunciation

  • italbrac RP /ˈsɒmnələnt/
  • italbrac US /ˈsɑːmnələnt/

Adjective

  1. Drowsy or sleepy.
  2. Causing sleepiness; soporific.

Translations

drowsy
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