also slugabed, 1590s, with bed (n.) + obsolete verb slug "be lazy, intert" (early 15c.), which is perhaps from Scandinavian (see sluggard).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for slug-a-bed

Historical Examples of slug-a-bed

  • “It is my plea for having been a slug-a-bed this morning,” he answered.

    Grisly Grisell

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • I am no wife for you, a clumsy lout, a slug-a-bed, God forgive me!

  • Making the sun his alarm clock, he prolonged the slug-a-bed luxury.

    Where the Blue Begins

    Christopher Morley