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How to say Sleepy In Japanese?

KanjiHiragana
眠いねむい
Pronunciation: nemui
How to Say It Outloud: neh-moo-ee
Usage: Used to express the state of feeling sleepy or drowsy.
Example Sentence Japanese:私はとても眠いです。
Example Sentence English:I am very sleepy.
Hiragana
ねむたい
Pronunciation: nemutai
How to Say It Outloud: neh-moo-tai
Usage: Another way to express sleepiness, often used more casually.
Example Sentence Japanese:彼はいつもねむたいと言います。
Example Sentence English:He always says he feels sleepy.

Dictionary

眠いねむいCommon wordjlpt-n4
I-adjective (keiyoushi)
  • sleepy; drowsy; somnolent
眠たいねむたいCommon wordjlpt-n1
I-adjective (keiyoushi)
  • sleepy; drowsy
眠そうねむそう
Na-adjective (keiyodoshi)
  • sleepy-looking; sleepy-sounding
トロリとろり
Adverb taking the 'to' particle
Adverb (fukushi)
  • thickly; viscously; stickily; creamily; (melting and) becoming soft
Adverb taking the 'to' particle
Adverb (fukushi)
  • sleepily; drowsily; dozing off
寝惚け眼ねぼけまなこ
Noun
  • sleepy eyes; drowsy look
御睡おねむ
Noun
  • sleeping; feeling sleepy; beddy-bye
寝ぼけ声ねぼけごえ
Noun
  • half-awake voice; sleepy voice; voice of when one has just woken up
腹の皮が突っ張れば目の皮がたるむはらのかわがつっぱればめのかわがたるむ
Expressions (phrases, clauses, etc.)
Godan verb with 'mu' ending
  • one becomes sleepy when one's stomach is full; full stomach, sleepy head; when the skin of the belly is extended, the skin of the eyes droops
睡魔に襲われるすいまにおそわれる
Expressions (phrases, clauses, etc.)
Ichidan verb
  • to be extremely sleepy; to be at the brink of falling asleep
アオシタトカゲアオシタトカゲ
Noun
  • bluetongued lizard; sleepy lizard
疲れたつかれた
Noun or verb acting prenominally
  • worn-out (as opposed to sleepy)
寝坊ねぼうCommon wordjlpt-n4
Noun
Suru verb
Intransitive verb
Na-adjective (keiyodoshi)
Noun which may take the genitive case particle 'no'
  • sleeping in late; oversleeping
Noun
  • late riser; sleepyhead
寝坊助ねぼすけ
Noun
  • sleepyhead; oversleeper
スリーピー・ホロウ
Wikipedia definition
  • Sleepy Hollow
スリーピー・ジョン・エスティス
Wikipedia definition
  • Sleepy John Estes

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