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

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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 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, "Upset-prone Auburn on notice for Mississippi State," 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,, "UCF uses big defensive effort to down Temple," 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, "Ricky Gervais' 'After Life' loses something the second time around," 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, "Advocates: ‘Horrible deja vu’ in continued family separation," 1 Aug. 2019 After sleepwalking through the better part of three quarters, the Blazers awoke just in time to outscore the Mavericks 35-15 in the fourth, overcoming an 18-point deficit in the final quarter to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers classics: Brandon Roy’s breathtaking 4th quarter sparks comeback playoff win over Dallas Mavericks," 29 Mar. 2020 For all her caustic insight and droll portraiture, Wiener is on an earnest quest likely to resonate with a public that has been sleepwalking through tech’s gradual reshaping of society. Ismail Muhammad, The Atlantic, "Inside Tech’s Fever Dream," 8 Feb. 2020 For a government trying to dispel an image of being a bunch of smug, entitled private-school types sleepwalking into national crisis, Rees-Mogg’s air of condescension and disdain has not been helpful., "LONDON — Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of Britain’s House of Commons and a prominent ally of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, suggested this week that victims of the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire lacked the common sense to defy firefighters’ orders and flee the building, costing them their lives.," 6 Nov. 2019 Three quarters of sleepwalking, showboating and unwatchable basketball, followed by one quarter of the most intense and least-artistic basketball of the season. Scott Ostler,, "NBA All-Stars party on, even without Warriors," 16 Feb. 2020

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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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12 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sleepwalk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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