sleeper

noun
sleep·​er | \ ˈslē-pər How to pronounce sleeper (audio) \

Definition of sleeper

1 : one that sleeps
2 : a piece of timber, stone, or steel on or near the ground to support a superstructure, keep railroad rails in place, or receive floor joists : stringpiece
4 : someone or something unpromising or unnoticed that suddenly attains prominence or value the low-budget film became the summer's sleeper
5 : children's pajamas usually with feet usually used in plural
6 chiefly British : a small earring or stud worn to keep the hole of a pierced ear from closing

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Synonyms for sleeper

Synonyms

dozer, slumberer

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Examples of sleeper in a Sentence

Sleepers were awakened by the sound of a loud crash. He may turn out to be the sleeper in this year's election. The movie was the summer's sleeper. The movie became the sleeper hit of the summer.
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Two noteworthy styles: the Helix (starts at $600) and Helix Luxe (starts at $995) mattresses feature a medium feel (not too firm, not too soft), temperature regulation, and memory foam specifically built for side sleepers. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "7 New Online Mattress Companies That Want To Sweeten Your Dreams," 15 Feb. 2019 The Rise of the Poncho Light enough to be worn in a warm breeze but functional enough to take on a chill, the poncho has become a sleeper solution to dressing in a world rocked by climate change. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 Longer journeys overnight would be possible with the sleeper configuration, which—with the exception of an attentive cabin crew and a bathroom—rivals the most luxurious first class airplane seat. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This Volvo concept could replace planes and trains with the automobile," 14 Sep. 2018 The full-length panoramic sun roof is smaller on the Grand California, but sleepers in the rear bed can still stare at the stars through one skylight and another sits above the dinette. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Volkswagen adds a larger, amenity-packed camper van to its lineup," 8 Aug. 2018 Jordan Wilkins: Face-melting sleeper No. 2, and probably the more melty one. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "David Johnson Is No. 2, Be Patient and Wait for Luck and Mahomes, the Non-Saquon Rookie You Want," 6 July 2018 Not even my lashes can convert me from being a side sleeper. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "I Tried DIY Eyelash Extensions For A Month And Called It Quits With Mascara," 3 Jan. 2019 Root Cole Wehrle, Leder Games, 2-4 players, 60-90 minutes, age 10+ Two years ago, Leder Games’ asymmetric dungeon crawler Vast was the sleeper hit of Gen Con. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018," 11 Aug. 2018 Parachute sheets are made from 100 percent European flax, are dyed in small batches to retain individuality, and work well for both warm and cool sleepers. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Why Linen Sheets Are Your Skin-Cooling Best Friend During a Heat Wave," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of sleeper

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sleeper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sleeper

: a person who sleeps in a particular way
: someone who is asleep
: a place or piece of furniture that can be used for sleeping

sleeper

noun
sleep·​er | \ ˈslē-pər How to pronounce sleeper (audio) \

Kids Definition of sleeper

1 : someone that sleeps I'm a light sleeper.
2 : a railroad car with berths for sleeping

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