- in or into a state of sleep: He fell asleep quickly.
- into a dormant or inactive state; to rest: Their anxieties were put asleep.
- into the state of death.
- sleeping: He is asleep.
- dormant; inactive.
- (of the foot, hand, leg, etc.) numb.
Origin of asleep
Examples from the Web for asleep
And he was followed by each one of them until the seventh dwarf looked at his bed and saw Little Snow White lying there asleep.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
Inside, it seemed hopeless, for every chair in sight was occupied, and a dozen men were asleep on the floor.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Sometimes the political people at the White House just appear to be asleep.Immigration Reform? Not Until Hillary
September 8, 2014
In 2012, George Galloway claimed that having sex with a woman while she is asleep is not considered rape.The Most Insane Antics of George Galloway, Britain’s Purring, Dictator-Loving MP
August 7, 2014
Because I have real life to take care of once our two kids are asleep (between 8PM and 8:30PM most nights).Why Men Shouldn’t Wait To Have Kids
Conor P. Williams
March 8, 2014
Harriet was asleep on the couch at the foot of her bed, and Christine's rooms were empty.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
And yet they looked just as human, you wouldn't 'a' believed it; just like they was asleep.
Jim said he hadn't been asleep; he just shut his eyes so he could listen better.
What was it, then, that had made her as if asleep, in her late restless waiting?The Dream
More than life he wanted her, but he did not want her asleep.Her Father's Daughter
- in or into a state of sleep
- in or into a dormant or inactive state
- (of limbs, esp when the blood supply to them has been restricted) numb; lacking sensation
- euphemistic dead
Word Origin and History for asleep
c.1200, aslepe, o slæpe, from Old English on slæpe (see sleep). The parallel form on sleep continued until c.1550. Of limbs, "numb through stoppage of circulation," from late 14c. Meaning "inattentive, off guard" is from mid-14c.
- In a state of sleep; sleeping.
- Numb, as of a limb.
- In or into a state of sleep.
- In or into a state of apathy or indifference.
- Into the sleep of the dead.
Idioms and Phrases with asleep
In addition to the idiom beginning with asleep
- asleep at the switch
- fall asleep