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sleepwalking

[ sleep-waw-king ]
/ ˈslipˌwɔ kɪŋ /
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noun
the act or state of walking, eating, or performing other motor acts while asleep, of which one is unaware upon awakening; a condition or disorder characterized by this: If the sleepwalking occurs often, the healthcare provider may do tests to rule out other disorders such as seizures.
the state or condition of acting seemingly without awareness, feeling, aim, or will: Mindfulness is a commitment to staying awake to reality in each moment—avoiding any sleepwalking through life.
adjective
walking while asleep; relating to this state or condition: It is unwise to try waking up a sleepwalking child, as this may result in distress for the child.
acting seemingly without awareness, feeling, aim, or will: Last night Nigeria easily beat the sleepwalking UK team, now on the brink of elimination.
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Origin of sleepwalking

First recorded in 1790–1800; sleep + walking

OTHER WORDS FROM sleepwalking

sleep·walk·er, noun
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Medical definitions for sleepwalking

sleepwalking
[ slēpwô′kĭng ]

n.
The act of walking or performing another activity associated with wakefulness while asleep or in a sleeplike state.noctambulism somnambulism

Other words from sleepwalking

sleepwalk′ v.sleepwalk′er n.
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