[ sluhm-ber ]
/ ˈslʌm bər /
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.
Sometimes slumbers. sleep, especially light sleep.
a period of sleep, especially light sleep.
a state of inactivity, quiescence, etc.
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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.
OTHER WORDS FROM slumberslum·ber·er, nounslum·ber·less, adjectiveun·slum·ber·ing, adjective
Words nearby slumber
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Example sentences from the Web for slumberless
After a day of wild panic and slumberless nights the citizens remained at their windows.
British Dictionary definitions for slumberless
/ (ˈslʌmbə) /
(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
Derived forms of slumberslumberer, nounslumberless, adjective
Word Origin for slumber
Old English slūma sleep (n); related to Middle High German slummeren, Dutch sluimeren
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