- The definition of somnolent is to be sleepy or drowsy, or something that causes sleepiness or drowsiness.
A cold medicine that causes you to feel really groggy and tired is an example of something that could be described as somnolent.
- sleepy; drowsy
- inducing drowsiness
Origin of somnolentLate Middle English sompnolent ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin somnolentus ; from somnus, sleep: see Somnus
- Drowsy; sleepy.
- Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.
Origin of somnolentMiddle English sompnolent, from Old French, from Latin somnolentus : somnus, sleep; see swep- in Indo-European roots + -olentus, abounding in.
(comparative more somnolent, superlative most somnolent)