verb (used without object), slept, sleep·ing.
verb (used with object), slept, sleep·ing.
- (especially of domestic help) to sleep where one is employed.
- to sleep beyond one's usual time of arising.
- (especially of domestic help) to sleep away from one's place of employment.
- Chiefly Northern U.S. to sleep away from one's home.
- to sleep outdoors.
Words nearby sleep
Idioms for sleep
Origin of sleep
OTHER WORDS FROM sleepsleep·ful, adjectivesleep·like, adjectivean·ti·sleep, adjectiveun·der·sleep, verb (used without object), un·der·slept, un·der·sleep·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for put to sleep
verb sleeps, sleeping or slept
Word Origin for sleep
Medical definitions for put to sleep
Scientific definitions for put to sleep
Idioms and Phrases with put to sleep (1 of 2)
Bore utterly, as in That show put me to sleep. This hyperbolic term implies that something is so dull one could fall asleep.
Kill, especially as a kindness, as in We had to put the cat to sleep. This euphemism dates from the mid-1900s.
Subject to anesthesia, as in This injection will put you to sleep so you won't feel any pain.
Idioms and Phrases with put to sleep (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with sleep
- sleep around
- sleep a wink, not
- sleep in
- sleep like a log
- sleep on something
- sleep out
- sleep over
- sleep through
- sleep with
- let sleeping dogs lie
- lose sleep over
- put to sleep
Also see underasleep.