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sleepless

[sleep-lis] /ˈslip lɪs/
adjective
1.
without sleep:
a sleepless night.
2.
watchful; alert:
sleepless devotion to duty.
3.
always active:
the sleepless ocean.
Origin of sleepless
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at sleep, -less
Related forms
sleeplessly, adverb
sleeplessness, noun
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  • In your service I have spent many toilsome days and sleepless nights.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Long was the conference, and sleepless the couch, of Mr. and Mrs. Morton.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In any great trouble, any terrible suspense, look at our sleepless nights!

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • If the Marquis can spend a sleepless night, we can afford to do so.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
  • That night I was sleepless—but about Charley—not about Mary.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for sleepless

sleepless

/ˈsliːplɪs/
adjective
1.
without sleep or rest: a sleepless journey
2.
unable to sleep
3.
always watchful or alert
4.
(mainly poetic) always active or moving: the sleepless tides
Derived Forms
sleeplessly, adverb
sleeplessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sleepless
adj.

early 15c., from sleep (n.) + -less. Old English had slæpleas but the modern word seems to be a re-formation. Cf. German schlaflos, Dutch slapeloos. Related: Sleeplessly; sleeplessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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