Sleepy vs Lifeless - What's the difference?

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Sleepy is a related term of lifeless.

As adjectives the difference between sleepy and lifeless

is that sleepy is tired; feeling the need for sleep while lifeless is inanimate; having no life.

As a noun sleepy

is (informal) the gum that builds up in the eye.



(wikipedia sleepy)


  • Tired; feeling the need for sleep.
  • * Dryden
  • She wak'd her sleepy crew.
  • Suggesting tiredness.
  • * 1994 , (Stephen Fry), (The Hippopotamus) Chapter 2
  • At the very moment he cried out, David realised that what he had run into was only the Christmas tree. Disgusted with himself at such cowardice, he spat a needle from his mouth, stepped back from the tree and listened. There were no sounds of any movement upstairs: no shouts, no sleepy grumbles, only a gentle tinkle from the decorationsas the tree had recovered from the collision.
  • Tending to induce sleep; soporific.
  • a sleepy drink or potion
  • Dull; lazy; heavy; sluggish.
  • * William Shakespeare
  • 'Tis not sleepy business; / But must be looked to speedily and strongly.
  • Quiet; without bustle or activity.
  • a sleepy English village


    * tired * See also


  • (informal) The gum that builds up in the eye
  • * 1964 , Ken Kesey, Sometimes a great notion
  • "Did he always leave the sleepy in his eyes?" "Never removed it; let it build up in the comers of his eyes over the weeks until it was heavy enough to fall...
  • * 1991 , Martin Amis, London fields
  • But the nightdress was heavy, the sleepy in her eyes was heavy, her hair (she made a mustache of one of its locks) was heavy and smelled of cigarettes...




    (en adjective)
  • inanimate; having no life
  • dead; having lost life
  • uninhabited, or incapable of supporting life
  • dull or lacking vitality
  • departed
  • Derived terms

    * lifelessness