[mawr-fee-uh s, -fyoos]


Classical Mythology. a son of Hypnos and the god of dreams.


    in the arms of Morpheus, asleep.

Origin of Morpheus

1325–75; Middle English < Latin < Greek morph(ḗ) form + Latin -eus noun suffix; coined by Ovid, with allusion to the forms seen in dreams
Related formsMor·phe·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for morpheus

Contemporary Examples of morpheus

Historical Examples of morpheus

  • But on this morning there is no slothful skulking in the arms of Morpheus.

  • Forrester needed no introductions to Morpheus, the God of Sleep.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • He was soon in the arms of Morpheus, and arose in the morning as gay as a lark.

  • He tried every position, every trick for propitiating Morpheus.

    The Panchronicon

    Harold Steele Mackaye

  • Here Morpheus finally conquered, and he sank into dreamless repose.

    Blown to Bits

    R.M. Ballantyne

British Dictionary definitions for morpheus



Greek myth the god of sleep and dreams
Derived FormsMorphean, adjective
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Word Origin and History for morpheus


name for the god of dreams in Ovid, son of Sleep, literally "the maker of shapes," from Greek morphe "form, shape, figure," especially "a fine figure, a beautiful form; beauty, fashion, outward appearance," perhaps from PIE *merph-, a possible Greek root meaning "form." Related: Morphean. Cf. Morpho, an epithet of Aphrodite, literally "shapely."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

morpheus in Culture



A Roman god of sleep and dreams.


Someone who is “in the arms of Morpheus” is asleep.


The narcotic morphine was named after Morpheus.
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