- to sleep, especially lightly; doze; drowse.
- to be in a state of inactivity, negligence, quiescence, or calm: Vesuvius is slumbering.
- 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
Examples from the Web for slumbered
They had slumbered in my drawer over the decades, like pharaohs snoozing in their tombs.Never Before Seen Beatles Photos From 1964
April 24, 2013
There could be no doubt about Warner, because he slumbered audibly.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Villages were passed, but they lay as quiet as the people that slumbered in them.The Shadow of a Crime
Kasya slumbered on, and for a long time they both remained there.Sielanka: An Idyll
It had been half a dream; he had slumbered in her arms for a few seconds.An Outcast of the Islands
With which sage remark, Amanda burrowed into her cloaks and slumbered.Shawl-Straps
Louisa M. Alcott
- (intr) to sleep, esp peacefully
- (intr) to be quiescent or dormant
- (tr foll by away) to spend (time) sleeping
- (sometimes plural) sleep
- a dormant or quiescent state
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.