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also slugabed, 1590s, with bed (n.) + obsolete verb slug "be lazy, intert" (early 15c.), which is perhaps from Scandinavian (see sluggard).

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  • “It is my plea for having been a slug-a-bed this morning,” he answered.

    Grisly Grisell Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I am no wife for you, a clumsy lout, a slug-a-bed, God forgive me!

  • Making the sun his alarm clock, he prolonged the slug-a-bed luxury.

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley

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