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1. Drowsy; sleepy.
2. Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.

[Middle English sompnolent, from Old French, from Latin somnolentus : somnus, sleep; see swep- in Indo-European roots + -olentus, abounding in.]

som′no·lent·ly adv.
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Adv.1.somnolently - in a drowsy manner; "`Time to get up,' she said drowsily"
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They sleep somnolently in sturdy sepulchres, guarded forever by locked, iron-railed gates, to prevent their burial places being raided by grave robbers.
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While it is perfectly possible to while away the days here, sunbathing, sea bathing, sipping on super-thick milkshakes whist reclining somnolently on a cushion in one of the town's seafront cafes, any number of exciting activities could tempt you out of your chocolaty cocoon.