- 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 slumberless
Historical Examples of slumberless
After a day of wild panic and slumberless nights the citizens remained at their windows.
- (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 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.