Origin of asleep
Examples from the Web for half-asleep
Sally, the American student, was half-asleep at a corner table after a pub crawl.Rome’s Deadly Pub Crawls Kill American College Student|Barbie Latza Nadeau|March 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And he rammed his own rifle one inch from the face of the half-asleep figure.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah|Patrick Robinson|November 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Women brought their half-asleep children and I drew on my stock of sweets.The Immigrant Tide, Its Ebb and Flow|Edward A. Steiner
You're half-asleep, when in the darkened ward some one jumps up in bed, shouting, "Hold your bloody hands up."The Glory of the Trenches|Coningsby Dawson
There was no skurrying of rabbits, or twitter of the half-asleep birds.Grim Tales|Edith Nesbit
The serpents were motionless in their glass house, and lay, half-asleep, curled around the trunks of trees.
The Mexican horse-wrangler was a lazy looking, half-asleep fellow; but he sat a pony as though he had grown in the saddle.Ruth Fielding at Silver Ranch|Alice B. Emerson
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 addition to the idiom beginning with asleep
- asleep at the switch
- fall asleep