intransitive verb \ˈsləm-bər\
slum·beredslum·ber·ing \-b(ə-)riŋ\

Definition of SLUMBER

a :  to sleep lightly :  doze
b :  sleep
a :  to be in a torpid, slothful, or negligent state
b :  to lie dormant or latent
slum·ber·er \-bər-ər\ noun

Examples of SLUMBER

  1. <she slumbered for hours while the train rolled on>
  2. <slumbering restlessly in the tropical heat>

Origin of SLUMBER

Middle English slomren, slombren, frequentative of slumen to doze, probably from slume slumber, from Old English slūma; akin to Middle High German slumen to slumber
First Known Use: 13th century

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Definition of SLUMBER

a :  sleep
b :  a light sleep

Examples of SLUMBER

  1. She fell into deep slumber.
  2. <a toddler looking so innocent and peaceful in slumber>

First Known Use of SLUMBER

14th century


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