- any long wooden, metal, or stone piece lying horizontally as a sill or footing.
- any of a number of wooden pieces, laid upon the ground or upon masonry or concrete, to which floorboards are nailed.
- sleep-terror disorder,
- sleep-wake cycle,
- sleeper seat,
- sleeper terrorist,
- sleeping bag,
- sleeping beauty
Origin of sleeper
Examples from the Web for sleeper
Hollywood might possibly fear North Korean sleeper cells capable of blowing up theaters that screen anti-Nork films.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But faced with a sleeper hit, HBO shockingly did not quite feel the same way.Alright ‘True Detective,’ You Got Me: Taylor Kitsch Is a Woman’s Man|Teo Bugbee|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sam Brownback—The Kansas Governor might be the sleeper in this race to crazy.
For a presidential race, McCrary says Georgia will probably look like a true swing state in 2020 and could be a sleeper in 2016.
He is also the author of two acclaimed thrillers: Innocent Blood and The Sleeper.
The French boy aimed a blow at the third sleeper, and the two captives escaped.Canada: the Empire of the North|Agnes C. Laut
He hopes that it will startle some sleeper so that they will move.The Burgess Animal Book for Children|Thornton W. Burgess
The sleeper was aroused, and then light shone through the crevices.The Voodoo Gold Trail|Walter Walden
How often may such stimuli incite the sleeper to dream without his knowing of them afterward?A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis|Sigmund Freud
Roger Congreve returned just before twelve, and found Olive sitting alone by the sleeper, and his wrath was fully equal to hers.Six Girls|Fannie Belle Irving
Old English slæpere "one who sleeps, one who is inclined to sleep much," agent noun from sleep (v.). Meaning "strong horizontal beam" is from c.1600. Meaning "dormant or inoperative thing" is from 1620s. Meaning "railroad sleeping car" is from 1875. Sense of "something whose importance proves to be greater than expected" first attested 1892, originally in American English sports jargon, probably from earlier (1856) gambling slang sense of "unexpected winning card." Meaning "spy, enemy agent, terrorist etc. who remains undercover for a long time before attempting his purpose" first attested 1955, originally in reference to communist agents in the West.