sleep·​walk | \ˈslēp-ˌwȯk \
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 \ noun

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Turns out, this conversation was all invented in your mind as a drunken sleepwalking battle with a radio in your hotel room. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast," 9 Sep. 2018 Assuming good health, the Sixers could sleepwalk through the next five-to-10 seasons with a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. David Murphy,, "Sixers' Wilson Chandler trade is where 'The Process' meets 'The Reality' | David Murphy," 4 July 2018 In a season when the entire Dodgers team seems to be sleepwalking, Dave Roberts, finally, has taken a stand. Houston Mitchell,, "Dodgers Dugout: Dave Roberts (and others) should look in a mirror, not at Cody Bellinger," 30 Apr. 2018 Doctors at the time also told the New York Times that lower doses could potentially reduce acts like sleepwalking. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Roseanne Barr Just Used the 'Ambien Defense.' So Have Accused Murderers and Drunk Drivers," 30 May 2018 After sleepwalking through the second quarter, a three–point game at halftime became a 24–point Golden State lead six minutes into the third. Andrew Sharp,, "The Real NBA Playoffs Are About to Begin—and Kevin Durant Can End Them," 9 May 2018 According to the American Academy of Neurology, nearly 4% of people reported sleepwalking at some point within the past year. Anna Zambelli, Good Housekeeping, "This Teen Sleepwalked for 9 Miles Before Waking Up," 4 Nov. 2015 Taking Ambien can lead to sleep-eating, sleepwalking, or experiencing other parasomnias., "No, Ambien Does Not Cause Racism," 30 May 2018 Two downsides, though, have become particularly popular: hallucinations and sleepwalking. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Ambien manufacturer wants you to know its product does not make you racist," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of sleepwalk

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sleepwalk

: to walk around while you are asleep


sleep·​walk | \ˈslēp-ˌwȯk \
sleepwalked; sleepwalking

Kids Definition of sleepwalk

: to walk about while asleep

Other Words from sleepwalk

sleepwalker \-​ˌwȯ-​kər \ noun

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