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[sluhm-ber] /ˈslʌm bər/
verb (used without object)
to sleep, especially lightly; doze; drowse.
to be in a state of inactivity, negligence, quiescence, or calm:
Vesuvius is slumbering.
verb (used with object)
to spend or pass (time) in slumbering (often followed by away, out, or through):
to slumber the afternoon away.
to dispel or forget by slumbering (often followed by away):
to slumber cares away.
Sometimes, slumbers. sleep, especially light sleep.
a period of sleep, especially light sleep.
a state of inactivity, quiescence, etc.
Origin of slumber
1175-1225; (v.) Middle English slumeren, frequentative of slumen to doze, derivative of Old English slūma sleep (see -er6); compare German schlummern; (noun) Middle English slomur, slomber, derivative of the v.
Related forms
slumberer, noun
slumberless, adjective
unslumbering, adjective Unabridged
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  • In the sea of shadows that slumbered before them a light had glimmered forth.

    A Love Episode Emile Zola
  • Tarita, too, had lain her weary head down and slumbered with them.

  • Then all of a sudden he fell into a deep sleep, and forgetful of his dangerous position, he slumbered sweetly.

    The Yellow Fairy Book Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
  • But by four o'clock Oliver had slumbered all his weariness away, and so had Janet.

    The Windy Hill Cornelia Meigs
  • But he slumbered uneasily till the sun was far up on his day-journey.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • In the meantime, Helen slumbered, unconscious of the solitude in which she was plunged.

    Helen and Arthur Caroline Lee Hentz
  • Thus the hours passed, until, worn-out and weary, he slumbered in his chair.

    Nestleton Magna J. Jackson Wray
  • Villages were passed, but they lay as quiet as the people that slumbered in them.

  • While they slumbered, she smoothed the hair back from their little foreheads, and talked to them all night long.

    Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup
British Dictionary definitions for slumbered


(intransitive) to sleep, esp peacefully
(intransitive) to be quiescent or dormant
(transitive) foll by away. to spend (time) sleeping
(sometimes pl) sleep
a dormant or quiescent state
Derived Forms
slumberer, noun
slumberless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English slūma sleep (n); related to Middle High German slummeren, Dutch sluimeren
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Word Origin and History for slumbered



mid-14c. alteration of slumeren (mid-13c.), frequentative form of slumen "to doze," probably from Old English sluma "light sleep" (cf. Middle Dutch slumen, Dutch sluimeren, German schlummern "to slumber"). Frequentative on the notion of "intermittent light sleep." For the -b-, cf. number, lumber, chamber, etc. Related: Slumbered; slumbering.


mid-14c., from slumber (v.). Slumber party first recorded 1942. Slumberland is from 1875.



mid-14c., from slumber (v.). Slumber party first recorded 1942. Slumberland is from 1875.

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