- in or into a state of sleep: He fell asleep quickly.
- into a dormant or inactive state; to rest: Their anxieties were put asleep.
- into the state of death.
- sleeping: He is asleep.
- dormant; inactive.
- (of the foot, hand, leg, etc.) numb.
Origin of asleep
Examples from the Web for half-asleep
Sally, the American student, was half-asleep at a corner table after a pub crawl.Rome’s Deadly Pub Crawls Kill American College Student
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 1, 2014
And he rammed his own rifle one inch from the face of the half-asleep figure.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah
November 11, 2013
Nasmyth was half-asleep when the cook and the leader of the gang came in.The Greater Power
I was half-asleep when I heard a new noise under the sledge.Eben Holden
Fouquet had just retired to his room, still smiling, but more than half-asleep.The Man in the Iron Mask
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Allan was half-asleep, or what did instead, in one of his abstracted moods.The Rose Garden Husband
His words, though only muttered, awaken Cypriano, still only half-asleep.Gaspar the Gaucho
- neither fully asleep nor awake
- in or into a state of sleep
- in or into a dormant or inactive state
- (of limbs, esp when the blood supply to them has been restricted) numb; lacking sensation
- euphemistic dead
Word Origin and History for half-asleep
c.1200, aslepe, o slæpe, from Old English on slæpe (see sleep). The parallel form on sleep continued until c.1550. Of limbs, "numb through stoppage of circulation," from late 14c. Meaning "inattentive, off guard" is from mid-14c.
- In a state of sleep; sleeping.
- Numb, as of a limb.
- In or into a state of sleep.
- In or into a state of apathy or indifference.
- Into the sleep of the dead.