But the thought encroached upon her that it was not a dreamful habit of mind she had fallen into of late.
She brooded over the problem with dreamful lips and half-shut eyes.
Benson suddenly propelled himself from his dreamful position against the wall.
It is rather the Florence of Hawthorne,—quaint and dreamful.
And, having kissed his wife, he fell into the dreamful, sacred sleep of Niolo-kapu.
But there was a more serious side to this dreamful fancy when it joined hands with religion.
In their warm stalls the horses were resting in dreamful doze.
Look out here,he went on with an abrupt and softer change of toneLook out at the dreamful shadowy beauty of your gardens now!
When it began peeping out on the other side of the trunk our watcher's dreamful eyes took no note of it.
Sleep visited not her eyes for many an hour, and when at length her eyes closed through fatigue, it was restless and dreamful.
mid-13c. in the sense "sequence of sensations passing through a sleeping person's mind" (also as a verb), probably related to Old Norse draumr, Danish drøm, Swedish dröm, Old Saxon drom "merriment, noise," Old Frisian dram "dream," Dutch droom, Old High German troum, German traum "dream," perhaps from West Germanic *draugmas "deception, illusion, phantasm" (cf. Old Saxon bidriogan, Old High German triogan, German trügen "to deceive, delude," Old Norse draugr "ghost, apparition"). Possible cognates outside Germanic are Sanskrit druh- "seek to harm, injure," Avestan druz- "lie, deceive."
But Old English dream meant only "joy, mirth, noisy merriment," also "music." And much study has failed to prove that Old English dream is the root of the modern word for "sleeping vision," despite being identical in spelling. Either the meaning of the word changed dramatically or "vision" was an unrecorded secondary Old English meaning of dream, or there are two separate words here. OED offers this theory: "It seems as if the presence of dream 'joy, mirth, music,' had caused dream 'dream' to be avoided, at least in literature, and swefn, lit. 'sleep,' to be substituted" ....
Words for "sleeping vision" in Old English were mæting and swefn. Old English swefn originally meant "sleep," as did a great many Indo-European "dream" nouns, e.g. Lithuanian sapnas, Old Church Slavonic sunu, and the Romanic words (French songe, Spanish sueño, Italian sogno all from Latin somnium (from PIE *swep-no-; cognate with Greek hypnos; see somnolence; Old English swefn is from the same root). Dream in the sense of "ideal or aspiration" is from 1931, from earlier sense of "something of dream-like beauty or charm" (1888).
c.1200 in the current sense, from dream (n.). Old English verb dremen meant "rejoice; play music." Related: Dreamed; dreaming.
A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.