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

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But Alabama sleepwalked through the first half, going to the locker room stunningly tied at 10. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Walk-ons are obscure backbone of Clemson, Bama powerhouses," 6 Jan. 2019 The Patriots, who usually sleepwalk to wins this time of year, have lost two straight in December for the first time since 2002. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The NFL Soap Opera Is Ready for Its Twist Ending," 19 Dec. 2018 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

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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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