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 sleepwalker (audio) \ noun

Examples of sleepwalk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coming off a 60-win season, the Bucks didn't sleepwalk through the preseason. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 118, Timberwolves 96: Preseason concludes with spotless record," 17 Oct. 2019 Ambien can also lead to sleepwalking, which could result in some awkward bump-ins on the plane. Moira Lawler, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Are the Best—And Safest—Sleeping Pills for Flights?," 10 Sep. 2019 But there is also a sense here that City has rather sleepwalked into difficulties. Jonathan Wilson,, "A Courageous Norwich City Exposes Man City's Defensive Woes," 15 Sep. 2019 Nevertheless … despite the fact Hammond didn’t throw often, his dozen attempts did as much as 43 passes by CU counterpart Steven Montez, who sleepwalked through much of the game. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: CU Buffs’ bad home loss to Air Force reminds us Pac-12 football is bad football," 14 Sep. 2019 In fact, the full moon has been associated with strange or insane behavior, including suicide, sleepwalking and violence, AccuWeather reports. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "A full harvest moon is coming Friday the 13th. But here's why it'll actually look small," 10 Sep. 2019 Sometimes, said Ramseyer, sleepwalking can be treated with medication. 8., "After Portland 3-year-old is found wandering at night, 8 tips to keep toddlers safe," 22 Aug. 2019 For the first seven innings of Wednesday’s matinee against the Oakland A’s, the Giants were sleepwalking. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Oracle Park sees other side to ‘Giants Torture,’ excitement fleeting against A’s," 14 Aug. 2019 Instead, the movie sleepwalks with Mandy through a series of ongoing events. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Intimate Horror of Share," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of sleepwalk

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Nov 2019

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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