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

Nearby words

  1. sludging,
  2. sludgy,
  3. slue,
  4. sluff,
  5. slug,
  6. slugabed,
  7. slugfest,
  8. sluggard,
  9. sluggardly,
  10. slugger

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for slug-a-bed

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

    Grisly Grisell|Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Making the sun his alarm clock, he prolonged the slug-a-bed luxury.

    Where the Blue Begins|Christopher Morley
  • I am no wife for you, a clumsy lout, a slug-a-bed, God forgive me!