sleepwalking

[sleep-waw-king]
noun
  1. the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening; somnambulism.
adjective
  1. of or relating to the state of walking while asleep; somnambulistic.

Origin of sleepwalking

First recorded in 1790–1800; sleep + walking
Related formssleep·walk·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for sleepwalker

Contemporary Examples of sleepwalker

Historical Examples of sleepwalker

  • And at those words I rose mechanically, and like a sleepwalker.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Scaring 'em to death with that in your hand like a sleepwalker in traveling-tweeds!

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions

  • But that girl was like a sleepwalker—not to be talked to, I mean, like you could talk to persons.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She did not speak at all, but after the first glance about her moved like a sleepwalker.

    Audrey

    Mary Johnston

  • The girl moved with the absorption of a sleepwalker beside Jude whose shufflings bespoke nervous tension.

    Joyce of the North Woods

    Harriet T. Comstock


sleepwalker in Medicine

sleepwalking

[slēpwô′kĭng]
n.
  1. The act of walking or performing another activity associated with wakefulness while asleep or in a sleeplike state.noctambulism somnambulism
Related formssleepwalk′ v.sleepwalk′er n.
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