sleep·​walk | \ ˈslēp-ˌwȯk How to pronounce sleepwalk (audio) \
sleepwalked; sleepwalking; sleepwalks

Definition of sleepwalk

intransitive verb

1 : to walk while or as if while asleep
2 : to proceed in a passive often lethargic manner sleepwalked through the workday

Other Words from sleepwalk

sleepwalk noun
sleepwalker \ ˈslēp-​ˌwȯ-​kər How to pronounce sleepwalk (audio) \ noun

Examples of sleepwalk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the Ravens had every reason to sleepwalk through Sunday’s game., 19 Oct. 2021 There’s very few that can sleepwalk their way through the season and then turn it on for the playoffs. Phil Thompson,, 13 Oct. 2021 Even just watching their kids sleepwalk through months of scholastic gloom and Zoom has given parents reason enough to be concerned. Tom Bartlett, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2021 Ayton has been a productive center for the Suns, who by now probably should have been able to sleepwalk his way to 20 points a night. Morten Jensen, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 Coach Sam Pittman will have his team ready to play the No.1-ranked title contender, so Alabama can’t sleepwalk through the first half. Joseph Goodman |, al, 10 Dec. 2020 The offense appeared to sleepwalk through the first half against the Owls (1-5, 1-5 AAC), with the Knights going scoreless in the second quarter for the first time all season. Matt Murschel,, 14 Nov. 2020 As a brief recap, the first season found Gervais' Tony sleepwalking through his days after his beloved wife died of cancer, consoling himself by watching old videos and home movies, with a faithful dog (Eho's a good girl? Brian Lowry, CNN, 23 Apr. 2020 One night the toddler was sleepwalking and tried to nurse by sucking on her caregiver’s arm, according to Kroop. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sleepwalk

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sleepwalk was in 1842

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English Language Learners Definition of sleepwalk

: to walk around while you are asleep


sleep·​walk | \ ˈslēp-ˌwȯk How to pronounce sleepwalk (audio) \
sleepwalked; sleepwalking

Kids Definition of sleepwalk

: to walk about while asleep

Other Words from sleepwalk

sleepwalker \ -​ˌwȯ-​kər \ noun

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