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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Definitions for slumberous

  1. sleepy; heavy with drowsiness, as the eyelids.
  2. causing or inducing sleep.
  3. pertaining to, characterized by, or suggestive of slumber.

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Citations for slumberous
He lay but opened a red eye unsleeping, deep and slowly breathing, slumberous but awake. James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922
There, beside the fireplace, the brave old General used to sit; while the Surveyor ... was fond of standing at a distance, and watching his quiet and almost slumberous countenance. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
Origin of slumberous
Slumbrous is the older spelling for today’s slumberous. Samuel Johnson (1709–84) entered the spelling slumberous in his Dictionary of the English Language (1755), and his spelling became the more common one during the 19th century. Slumbrous entered English in the 15th century.