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 sleptrelax, snooze, doze, languish, hibernate, crash, oversleep, nod, slumber, bunk, catnap, repose, flop, retire, yawn, nap, rest, snore, dream, drowse
Examples from the Web for slept
Contemporary Examples of slept
“Bars love to tell those stories: ‘So and so drank here, and George Washington slept here,’” Sismondo says.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
By nightfall, I had showered, eaten some soup that a friend brought me, and I slept in my room for 12 solid hours.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Bin Laden killed the boy, not us, and I slept and I dreamed.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
He slept in an upright position in a custom armchair, so the reasons for his lying down to sleep are open to speculation.The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
Murphy took him under his wing, and one day he gave Rock To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With.Why Comedians Still Think Bill Cosby Is a Genius
October 5, 2014
Historical Examples of slept
They laid Paralus upon a couch, with the belief that he slept to wake no more.
She gazed on his features as he slept; and was left to sorrow alone.
Slept in snow-drift that night in wet clothes, mercury 40 below.
She was quite still, and he noted from the change in her soft breathing that she slept.
Bye and bye the eyes closed, and still clinging to the post, she slept.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
verb sleeps, sleeping or slept
Word Origin for sleep
past tense and past participle of sleep (v.).
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.