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British Dictionary definitions for somniloquy


noun plural -quies
  1. rare the act of talking in one's sleep
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Derived Formssomniloquist, nounsomniloquous, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Latin somnus sleep + loqui to speak; compare soliloquy
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Word Origin and History for somniloquy


talking in one's sleep, 1847, from somni-, "sleep" + -loquy, from Latin loqui "to speak" (see locution). Related: Somniloquence (1814); somniloquent (1804, Coleridge); somniloquist; somniloquous; somniloquize.

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somniloquy in Medicine


  1. The act or habit of talking in one's sleep.
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Related formssom•nilo•quist n.
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