somniloquy

noun plural -quies

rare the act of talking in one's sleep

Nearby words

  1. somni-,
  2. somnifacient,
  3. somniferous,
  4. somniferously,
  5. somnific,
  6. somnipathy,
  7. somnocinematography,
  8. somnolence,
  9. somnolent,
  10. somnolently

Derived Formssomniloquist, nounsomniloquous, adjective

Word Origin for somniloquy

C19: from Latin somnus sleep + loqui to speak; compare soliloquy

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Word Origin and History for somniloquy

somniloquy

n.

talking in one's sleep, 1847, from somni-, "sleep" + -loquy, from Latin loqui "to speak" (see locution). Related: Somniloquence (1814); somniloquent (1804, Coleridge); somniloquist; somniloquous; somniloquize.

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Medicine definitions for somniloquy

somniloquy

[sŏm-nĭlə-kwē]

n.

The act or habit of talking in one's sleep.
Related formssom•nilo•quist n.


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