Origin of sleeping
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 sleepingunconscious, comatose, dreaming, napping, crashed, slumbering, asleep, inactive, inert, dormant, latent, abed
Examples from the Web for sleeping
Contemporary Examples of sleeping
I was told before my first trip that no city in the world offered the dreams you could have sleeping in Havana.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
The Amy Pascal Manifesto: Aaron Sorkin Broke, Sleeping with Co-Worker?Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack: J. Law, Pitt, Clooney, and Star Wars
December 12, 2014
As the agents apprehended and detained the man, the dog remained unleashed, and ran down the hill to where Marino was sleeping.Drug Smuggler Sues U.S. Over Dog Bite
December 10, 2014
The seven-year-old Detroit girl was sleeping on the couch as her grandmother sat next to her watching television.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls
December 4, 2014
The robots can slice through stone and rough out vast blocks of stone while the artisans are sleeping.Damien Hirst’s Army of Geppettos
December 2, 2014
Historical Examples of sleeping
Or is there really no sin but in thought, and are our sleeping thoughts incapable of sin?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The sea is sleeping sapphire that wakes to cream and crash upon the beach.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
A man is but a beast as he lives from day to day, eating and drinking, breathing and sleeping.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He had been sleeping badly since Sidney's announcement of her engagement.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
All the houses were of two stories, of which the upper was open on the sides, and used for sleeping.The Trail Book
verb sleeps, sleeping or slept
Word Origin for sleep
c.1300, past participle adjective from sleep (v.). Sleeping-pill is from 1660s; sleeping-bag is from 1850; sleeping sickness as a specific African tropical disease is first recorded 1875; sleeping has been used since late 14c. for diseases marked by morbid conditions. Sleeping Beauty (1729) is Perrault's La belle au bois dormant.
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.