- 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 slumbering
The earth was like a slumbering babe, smiling in its sleep, because it dreams of Heaven.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Of all this scene, the slumbering river has a dream-picture in its bosom.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
It was a signal that awakened all the slumbering passions of the nation.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Jim did not answer, and a snore seemed to indicate that he was slumbering.Frank Roscoe's Secret
Some fellow had lain down on the open staircase, and was slumbering soundly.Barnaby Rudge
- (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 slumbering
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.