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sleepy Idioms & Phrases

sleepy dick

  • noun common Old World herb having grasslike leaves and clusters of star-shaped white flowers with green stripes; naturalized in the eastern United States
    Ornithogalum umbellatum; summer snowflake; starflower.

Sleepy duck

  • (Zoöl.), the ruddy duck.
Webster 1913

sleepy sickness

  • noun an encephalitis that was epidemic between 1915 and 1926; symptoms include paralysis of the extrinsic eye muscle and extreme muscular weakness
    sleeping sickness; epidemic encephalitis; encephalitis lethargica; lethargic encephalitis.


  • adjective satellite ready to fall asleep
    sleepy; sleepyheaded.
    • beginning to feel sleepy
    • a sleepy-eyed child with drooping eyelids
    • sleepyheaded students

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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