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.
- sleep a wink, not,
- sleep apnea,
- sleep apnoea,
- sleep around,
- sleep hygiene
Origin of sleep
Examples from the Web for 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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
On some Sundays he came to church with only two hours of sleep.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Detainees there were subject to sleep deprivation, shackled to bars with their hands above their heads.
Studies have shown that getting eight hours of sleep is paramount to achieving high performance.
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|DAILY BEAST
Tobias had seemed impressed, and promised his answer in the morning, leaving her to sleep—with a sentry at her cabin door.Pieces of Eight|Richard le Gallienne
Jack took off his clothes quickly, but though he was weary he could not go to sleep.The Blue Fairy Book|Various
The hotel being quite full of visitors, two of our party had to sleep in the parlour on sofas of the horse-hair order.Reminiscences of Travel in Australia, America, and Egypt|Richard Tangye
Frye was caught in a trap of his own setting and could not sleep nights.Uncle Terry|Charles Clark Munn
After a light dinner I lay down on my bed, but it was too close and hot to sleep.Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier|James Inglis
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.