- to sleep, especially lightly; doze; drowse.
- to be in a state of inactivity, negligence, quiescence, or calm: Vesuvius is slumbering.
- to spend or pass (time) in slumbering (often followed by away, out, or through): to slumber the afternoon away.
- to dispel or forget by slumbering (often followed by away): to slumber cares away.
- Sometimes slumbers. sleep, especially light sleep.
- a period of sleep, especially light sleep.
- a state of inactivity, quiescence, etc.
Origin of slumber
Examples from the Web for slumber
Paul and McCain do not exactly have a history of slumber parties and hair-braiding.Rand Paul Eats Up Hoax That John McCain Met With ISIS
September 17, 2014
More than one-quarter of Americans are stealing those precious hours from their slumber, and are paying a steep price for it.Short on Zzz’s? 15 Research-Backed Sleep Hacks
May 9, 2014
We need a great leader to wake us from our slumber and remind us that a two-state solution is urgently in our own interest.Obama: Come Visit The Settlements
March 21, 2013
Budding doctors, actors, stock traders, lawyers, and writers all had a slumber party Wednesday night.Inside the NYU Refugee Camp for Displaced Students
Kevin Fallon, Abby Haglage
November 1, 2012
Coffin: A final resting place for corpses, and for daytime slumber for vampires.‘Dark Shadows’ for Dummies or a Glossary of Key Names and Places
May 11, 2012
They were rather of the sort that closes solemnly in slumber with majestic effect.The Secret Agent
The lady had fallen into a slumber, and the whisper was too low to awake her.Little Dorrit
I fell asleep, and dreams of warmth and sweet scents lulled me in my slumber.My Double Life
But slumber would not come; for hours and hours he vainly sought it.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
All that tread The globe are but a handful to the tribes That slumber in its bosom.Graded Poetry: Second Year
- (intr) to sleep, esp peacefully
- (intr) to be quiescent or dormant
- (tr foll by away) to spend (time) sleeping
- (sometimes plural) sleep
- a dormant or quiescent state
Word Origin and History for slumber
mid-14c. alteration of slumeren (mid-13c.), frequentative form of slumen "to doze," probably from Old English sluma "light sleep" (cf. Middle Dutch slumen, Dutch sluimeren, German schlummern "to slumber"). Frequentative on the notion of "intermittent light sleep." For the -b-, cf. number, lumber, chamber, etc. Related: Slumbered; slumbering.
mid-14c., from slumber (v.). Slumber party first recorded 1942. Slumberland is from 1875.