slumber

[ sluhm-ber ]
/ ˈslʌm bər /
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verb (used without object)

to sleep, especially lightly; doze; drowse.
to be in a state of inactivity, negligence, quiescence, or calm: Vesuvius is slumbering.

verb (used with object)

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.

noun


Nearby words

  1. sluice,
  2. sluicegate,
  3. sluiceway,
  4. sluit,
  5. slum,
  6. slumber party,
  7. slumberland,
  8. slumberous,
  9. slumberously,
  10. slumbershade

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

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British Dictionary definitions for slumberless

slumber

/ (ˈslʌmbə) /

verb

(intr) to sleep, esp peacefully
(intr) to be quiescent or dormant
(tr foll by away) to spend (time) sleeping

noun

(sometimes plural) sleep
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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