from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Drowsy; sleepy.
  • adjective Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Sleepy; drowsy; inclined to sleep; sluggish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Sleepy; drowsy; inclined to sleep.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Drowsy or sleepy.
  • adjective dated Causing literal or figurative sleepiness; soporific.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective inclined to or marked by drowsiness


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English sompnolent, from Old French, from Latin somnolentus : somnus, sleep; see swep- in Indo-European roots + -olentus, abounding in.]

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First attested in 1615. From French somnolent, from Old French sompolent, subsequently from Latin somnolentus, Latin somnus ("sleep"), Proto-Indo-European *swépnos, *súpnos (“dream”), which both are derived from Proto-Indo-European *swep-.


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  •  It means tired and lazy-sort of like "somnolent".

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  • S----, a comfortable place very slightly disturbed by the fact that it had been already the scene of four battles; there was just this effect, as it seemed to me, that the affairs of the day were carried on with a kind of somnolent indifference ....

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