- the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening; somnambulism.
- of or relating to the state of walking while asleep; somnambulistic.
Origin of sleepwalking
- to engage in sleepwalking.
- an act of sleepwalking; somnambulation.
Origin of sleepwalk
First recorded in 1920–25; back formation from sleepwalking
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Examples from the Web for sleepwalking
I sold my first novel, Sleepwalking, back when I was a senior in college, for five thousand dollars.How I Write: Meg Wolitzer
March 26, 2014
Ford had been sleepwalking through tepid Hollywood concoctions like Regarding Henry and Sabrina for years before Six Days.The Fall of Harrison Ford
January 23, 2010
And have you forgotten that sleepwalking affair—all Jesuitical!The Crusade of the Excelsior
It was Mrs. Hope who could least endure this sleepwalking abstraction."Persons Unknown"
There are facets of sleepwalking which we do not at all understand.The Six Fingers of Time
Raphael Aloysius Lafferty
But I had still other precautions to take in regard to sleepwalking.Translations from the German (Vol 3 of 3)
She had lapsed into the dazed, sleepwalking horror of this morning.The Door Through Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
- (intr) to walk while asleepSee also somnambulism
- The act of walking or performing another activity associated with wakefulness while asleep or in a sleeplike state.noctambulism somnambulism
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