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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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Examples from the Web for slumbering
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • 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 Allen Chapman
  • Some fellow had lain down on the open staircase, and was slumbering soundly.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Jean, meantime, down there before Vouziers, had not been slumbering.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • Everything around the laundry was slumbering, settled into sleep for the night.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The stars cast a rain of sparkles from the slumbering heavens.

  • The affray had burst over the slumbering town like a thunderclap.

  • The abbé, comfortably ensconced in the corner, was slumbering again.

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
British Dictionary definitions for slumbering

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 slumbering

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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