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slumber

[sluhm-ber] /ˈslʌm bər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to sleep, especially lightly; doze; drowse.
2.
to be in a state of inactivity, negligence, quiescence, or calm:
Vesuvius is slumbering.
verb (used with object)
3.
to spend or pass (time) in slumbering (often followed by away, out, or through):
to slumber the afternoon away.
4.
to dispel or forget by slumbering (often followed by away):
to slumber cares away.
noun
5.
Sometimes, slumbers. sleep, especially light sleep.
6.
a period of sleep, especially light sleep.
7.
a state of inactivity, quiescence, etc.
Origin of slumber
1175-1225
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
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  • 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.

  • Kasya slumbered on, and for a long time they both remained there.

    Sielanka: An Idyll Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • It had been half a dream; he had slumbered in her arms for a few seconds.

  • With which sage remark, Amanda burrowed into her cloaks and slumbered.

    Shawl-Straps Louisa M. Alcott
  • The Jam-wagon, as if disgusted at our enforced idleness, slumbered at the bow.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Mother, some minutes later, fell asleep, and slumbered sweetly.

    Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai
  • In his corner of the compartment Blake slumbered stertorously.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • My child, the sun is near his setting; you have slumbered long.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for slumbered

slumber

/ˈslʌmbə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to sleep, esp peacefully
2.
(intransitive) to be quiescent or dormant
3.
(transitive) foll by away. to spend (time) sleeping
noun
4.
(sometimes pl) sleep
5.
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

slumber

v.

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.

slumber

n.

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

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