tired v. sleepy v. drowsy

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To me, tired and sleepy are very different words with respect to meaning. But some people and some dictionaries assume them as synonyms. Would you help me understand me better.

Sense 1: Needing or ready for sleep.

Does the sentences have the above sense?

1. The wine had made her sleepy.
2. The wine had made her tired.
3. The wine had made her drowsy.

I am familiar with sleepy and tired but not with drowsy. I think tired and sleepy are very different words with respect to meaning.

Thank you.
 
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To me, "tired" and "sleepy" are very different words with respect to meaning. But some people and some dictionaries [STRIKE]assume[/STRIKE] treat them as synonyms.

Whatever about "people", I'd love to know which dictionaries state that those are synonyms! :shock:

Would you help me understand [STRIKE]me[/STRIKE] myself better?
That appears to be a question for a psychoanalyst.
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Sleepy and drowsy mean the same thing. Tired can share their meaning or it can mean "physically fatigued".
 

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They are not interchangeable. I honestly think you should drop your obsession about synonyms, and focus your efforts elsewhere.

Note that emsr2d2 did not say in that post that those two words were synonyms. She wrote "sleepy" as an example of, or to give further details on, being tired.
 

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They could all be considered synonyms. Remember synonyms are not always interchangeable. Of the three words you listed they all share some similar qualities with "drowsy" and "sleepy" being almost the same (they are NOT completely the same).
 

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[STRIKE]Of[/STRIKE] The three words you listed [STRIKE]they[/STRIKE] (all) share some similar qualities, with "drowsy" and "sleepy" being almost the same (they are NOT completely the same).
I suppose that's what you meant to write.
 
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