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verb (used without object)
  1. to sleep, especially lightly; doze; drowse.
  2. to be in a state of inactivity, negligence, quiescence, or calm: Vesuvius is slumbering.
verb (used with object)
  1. to spend or pass (time) in slumbering (often followed by away, out, or through): to slumber the afternoon away.
  2. to dispel or forget by slumbering (often followed by away): to slumber cares away.
  1. Sometimes slumbers. sleep, especially light sleep.
  2. a period of sleep, especially light sleep.
  3. a state of inactivity, quiescence, etc.

Origin of slumber

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English slumeren, frequentative of slumen to doze, derivative of Old English slūma sleep (see -er6); compare German schlummern; (noun) Middle English slomur, slomber, derivative of the v.
Related formsslum·ber·er, nounslum·ber·less, adjectiveun·slum·ber·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for slumbered

Contemporary Examples of slumbered

Historical Examples of slumbered

  • There could be no doubt about Warner, because he slumbered audibly.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • Villages were passed, but they lay as quiet as the people that slumbered in them.

  • Kasya slumbered on, and for a long time they both remained there.

    Sielanka: An Idyll

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • It had been half a dream; he had slumbered in her arms for a few seconds.

  • With which sage remark, Amanda burrowed into her cloaks and slumbered.


    Louisa M. Alcott

British Dictionary definitions for slumbered


  1. (intr) to sleep, esp peacefully
  2. (intr) to be quiescent or dormant
  3. (tr foll by away) to spend (time) sleeping
  1. (sometimes plural) sleep
  2. a dormant or quiescent state
Derived Formsslumberer, nounslumberless, adjective

Word Origin for slumber

Old English slūma sleep (n); related to Middle High German slummeren, Dutch sluimeren
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Word Origin and History for slumbered



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.

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