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.
Origin of sleep
Synonyms for sleep
Related Words for sleepcoma, slumber, dream, trance, hibernation, relax, snooze, doze, languish, torpor, dormancy, torpidity, lethargy, nod, catnap, repose, nap, rest, shuteye, siesta
Examples from the Web for sleep
Contemporary Examples of sleep
Lee would stay up late, unable to sleep from the pains he had in his back.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
On some Sundays he came to church with only two hours of sleep.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault
December 21, 2014
Detainees there were subject to sleep deprivation, shackled to bars with their hands above their heads.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
Studies have shown that getting eight hours of sleep is paramount to achieving high performance.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
And since she was so tired, she wanted to lay down and sleep.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
Historical Examples of sleep
The earth was like a slumbering babe, smiling in its sleep, because it dreams of Heaven.
They say you couldn't walk in your sleep without spending money.
Phœbus protect me, but this is an awful place to speak of those who sleep.
"You can sleep there," he said, pointing to a cot bed in the corner of the room.Brave and Bold
I'm nearer sunstroke myself than he is—not a wink of sleep for two nights now.
verb sleeps, sleeping or slept
Word Origin for sleep
Old English slæpan "to be or fall asleep; be dormant or inactive" (class VII strong verb; past tense slep, past participle slæpen), from Proto-Germanic *slepan (cf. Old Saxon slapan, Old Frisian slepa, Middle Dutch slapen, Dutch slapen, Old High German slafen, German schlafen, Gothic slepan "to sleep"), from PIE root *sleb- "to be weak, sleep" (cf. Old Church Slavonic slabu "lax, weak," Lithuanian silpnas "weak"), which perhaps is connected to the root of slack (adj.). Sleep with "do the sex act with" is in Old English:
Gif hwa fæmnan beswice unbeweddode, and hire mid slæpe ... [Laws of King Alfred, c.900]
Related: Slept; sleeping. Sleep around first attested 1928.
Old English slæp "sleep, sleepiness, inactivity," from Proto-Germanic *slepaz, from the root of sleep (v.); cf. cognate Old Saxon slap, Old Frisian slep, Middle Dutch slæp, Dutch slaap, Old High German slaf, German Schlaf, Gothic sleps.
Personified in English from late 14c., on model of Latin Somnus), Greek Hypnos. Figurative use for "repose of death" was in Old English; to put (an animal) to sleep "kill painlessly" is recorded from 1923 (a similar imagery is in cemetery). Sleep deprivation attested from 1906. Sleep-walker "somnambulist" is attested from 1747; sleep-walking is from 1840. To be able to do something in (one's) sleep "easily" is recorded from 1953.
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.