[som-nam-byuh-leyt, suh m-]
- to walk during sleep; sleepwalk.
Origin of somnambulate
1825–35; < Latin somn(us) sleep + ambulate
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Associated words: somnambulate, somnambulistic, somnambular, somnambulic.Putnam's Word Book
Louis A. Flemming
- (intr) to walk while asleep
Word Origin for somnambulate
C19: from Latin somnus sleep + ambulāre to walk
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1821, probably a back-formation from somnambulism. Related: Somnambulated; somnambulating.
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