Sleepy-eyed

Idiom

Sleepy-eyed

Definition

Sleepy-eyed is an idiom used to describe someone who has a sleepy or droopy appearance, usually due to having just woken up or not having slept enough.

Examples

He was so tired that he walked into the room with sleepy-eyed eyes.

She looked very sleepy-eyed after her long flight.

Origin

The idiom ‘sleepy-eyed’ first appeared in the early 1800s and is believed to have derived from the German phrase ‘schläfrigaugen’ which translates to sleepy-eyed.

FAQs

What does it mean to be sleepy-eyed?

The phrase ‘sleepy-eyed’ is used to describe someone who has a sleepy or droopy appearance, usually due to having just woken up or not having slept enough.

What is the origin of the phrase ‘sleepy-eyed’?

The idiom ‘sleepy-eyed’ first appeared in the early 1800s and is believed to have derived from the German phrase ‘schläfrigaugen’ which translates to sleepy-eyed.