Sleepy or tending to cause sleep. "Somnolent" came from French. It descends from the Latin "somnus" meaning "sleep." Also descended from "somnus" are "somnambulism" (sleepwalking) and "insomnia" (the inability to sleep.)
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1. Drowsy; sleepy; having an inclination to sleep. 2. In a condition of incomplete sleep; semicomatose. [L. somnus, sleep]

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som·no·lent -lənt adj inclined to or heavy with sleep: DROWSY

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  • somnolent — somnolent, ente [ sɔmnɔlɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1429, rare av. XIXe; du rad. de somnolence 1 ♦ Qui est en état de somnolence, en demi sommeil. ⇒ assoupi. Être somnolent après un bon repas. 2 ♦ Sans activités; engourdi. ⇒ inactif, 1. mou. « La vie… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • somnolent — SOMNOLÉNT, Ă, somnolenţi, te, adj. (Despre oameni şi manifestările lor) Care este în stare de somnolenţă sau trădează somnolenţă; care dormitează (sau pare că dormitează); toropit, moleşit (de somn). – Din fr. somnolent, lat. somnolentus. Trimis… …   Dicționar Român

  • Somnolent — Годы С 2006 по настоящее время Страна …   Википедия

  • Somnolent — Som no*lent, a. [F. somnolent, L. somnolentus, from somnus sleep, akin to Gr. ?, Skr. svapna sleep, dream, svap to sleep, Icel. sofa, AS. swefn sleep. Cf. {Hypnotic}, {Somnambulism}, {Soporific}.] Sleepy; drowsy; inclined to sleep. {Som… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • somnolent — somnolent, ente (so mno lan, lan t ) adj. Terme de médecine. Qui a rapport à la somnolence. Un état somnolent.    Qui est porté à la somnolence. Le malade est somnolent. HISTORIQUE    XVe s. •   Nostre miserable chair est toute malade et toute… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • somnolent — late 15c., sompnolent, from O.Fr. sompnolent (Mod.Fr. somnolent) or directly from L. somnolentus, from somnus “sleep” (see SOMNOLENCE (Cf. somnolence)). Respelled 17c. on Latin model …   Etymology dictionary

  • Somnolent — (v. lat.), schläfrig, schlafsüchtig; Somnolentia (Somnolenz), Schläfrigkeit, Schlaftrunkenheit, Schlafsucht s. d); vgl Schlaf …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • somnolent — index torpid Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • somnolent — *sleepy, drowsy, slumberous Analogous words: sluggish, comatose, *lethargic: inert, *inactive, passive, supine …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • somnolent — [adj] sleepy asleep, dozy, drowsy, listless, nodding off, out of it*, sleeping, snoozy*, soporific, tired; concepts 315,539 …   New thesaurus

  • somnolent — ► ADJECTIVE 1) sleepy; drowsy. 2) inducing drowsiness. DERIVATIVES somnolence noun somnolently adverb. ORIGIN Latin somnolentus, from somnus sleep …   English terms dictionary

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