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slumberous

or slumbrous

[sluhm-ber-uh s, sluhm-bruh s or sluhm-bruh s] /ˈslʌm bər əs, ˈslʌm brəs or ˈslʌm brəs/
adjective
1.
sleepy; heavy with drowsiness, as the eyelids.
2.
causing or inducing sleep.
3.
pertaining to, characterized by, or suggestive of slumber.
4.
inactive or sluggish; calm or quiet.
Origin of slumberous
1485-1495
First recorded in 1485-95; slumber + -ous
Related forms
slumberously, adverb
slumberousness, noun
unslumbrous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for slumberous
Historical Examples
  • The slumberous pup was on its feet standing alertly defiant.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • The village was taking her back into its slumberous comfortableness.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • There is a slumberous Southern fire in the Mexican girls' eyes and love.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • It was a neighbor, stopping his slumberous horse to leave a letter.

    Country Neighbors

    Alice Brown
  • If the War Office was too lively, this place was too slumberous by half.

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • But his thoughts were gradually getting too busy for this slumberous state.

    Doctor Grimshawe's Secret Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Her spirit, lulled by a slumberous sweetness, was sentimentally inclined.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
  • Thus, we looked upon the face of the slumberous deeps, and were alone.

    The House on the Borderland William Hope Hodgson
  • Facts are the poorest and most slumberous evidences of passion or of affection.

    Dream Life Donald G. Mitchell
  • Through the slumberous summer air came the whir of the machine.

    The Odds Ethel M. Dell
British Dictionary definitions for slumberous

slumberous

/ˈslʌmbərəs; -brəs/
adjective (mainly poetic)
1.
sleepy; drowsy
2.
inducing sleep
3.
characteristic of slumber
Derived Forms
slumberously, adverb
slumberousness, noun
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