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sleepwalking

[sleep-waw-king] /ˈslipˌwɔ kɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening; somnambulism.
adjective
2.
of or relating to the state of walking while asleep; somnambulistic.
Origin of sleepwalking
1790-1800
First recorded in 1790-1800; sleep + walking
Related forms
sleepwalker, noun
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  • And at those words I rose mechanically, and like a sleepwalker.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Scaring 'em to death with that in your hand like a sleepwalker in traveling-tweeds!

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions
  • But that girl was like a sleepwalker—not to be talked to, I mean, like you could talk to persons.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • She did not speak at all, but after the first glance about her moved like a sleepwalker.

    Audrey Mary Johnston
  • The girl moved with the absorption of a sleepwalker beside Jude whose shufflings bespoke nervous tension.

    Joyce of the North Woods Harriet T. Comstock
  • But she went confidently on like a sleepwalker who saves himself from dangers that would be death to him in waking.

    Between The Dark And The Daylight William Dean Howells
  • Neither was it the face of a dreamer or a sleepwalker, or of the dead, when the lines disappear and life retires.

    The Necromancers Robert Hugh Benson
  • I left the house like a sleepwalker, scarce conscious of my own actions; nor do I know how I reached my own chamber.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • With the indifference to danger of a sleepwalker the Minnie Williams marched across the starlit harbor.

sleepwalker in Medicine

sleepwalking sleep·walk·ing (slēp'wô'kĭng)
n.
The act of walking or performing another activity associated with wakefulness while asleep or in a sleeplike state. Also called noctambulism, somnambulism.


sleep'walk' v.
sleep'walk'er n.
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