sleeping pill

noun

: a drug and especially a barbiturate that is taken as a tablet or capsule to induce sleep

Examples of sleeping pill in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sleeping pill was in 1664

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“Sleeping pill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sleeping%20pill. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sleeping pill

noun
: a drug that is taken as a tablet or capsule to bring on sleep

Medical Definition

sleeping pill

noun
: a drug and especially a barbiturate that is taken as a tablet or capsule to induce sleep

called also sleeping tablet

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