asleep

[uh-sleep]

adverb

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.

adjective


Origin of asleep

before 1000; Middle English o slæpe, aslepe, Old English on slǣpe; see a-1, sleep
Related formshalf-a·sleep, adjectivequa·si-a·sleep, adjective, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for half asleep

asleep

adjective (postpositive)

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
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Word Origin and History for half asleep

asleep

adj.

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.

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half asleep in Medicine

asleep

[ə-slēp]

adj.

In a state of sleep; sleeping.
Numb, as of a limb.
Dead.

adv.

In or into a state of sleep.
In or into a state of apathy or indifference.
Into the sleep of the dead.
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Idioms and Phrases with half asleep

asleep

In addition to the idiom beginning with asleep

  • asleep at the switch

also see:

  • fall asleep
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