slum·​ber | \ ˈsləm-bər How to pronounce slumber (audio) \
slumbered; slumbering\ ˈsləm-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce slumber (audio) \

Definition of slumber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to sleep lightly : doze
b : sleep
2a : to be in a torpid, slothful, or negligent state
b : to lie dormant or latent



Definition of slumber (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : sleep
b : a light sleep

Other Words from slumber


slumberer \ ˈsləm-​bər-​ər How to pronounce slumber (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for slumber

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of slumber in a Sentence

Verb she slumbered for hours while the train rolled on slumbering restlessly in the tropical heat Noun She fell into deep slumber. a toddler looking so innocent and peaceful in slumber
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On two of Lindblad’s newest polar vessels, the National Geographic Endurance and National Geographic Resolution, the company has introduced two first-of-its-kind igloos on the deck where guests can slumber with epic views. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2022 Beauty sleep is a real thing, and Slip’s Celestial Nights Gift Set can make someone’s bedtime slumber that much better. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2021 Two men, contorted and confined, slumber in a vitrine, a dress shoe on one man’s head, a urinal on his hip, while his genitals peek out, as the two standing men, both pants-less, observe, compelling us to participate in this overt conversation. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Polls suggest the debate over mandates has helped to solve the greatest problem Newsom always faced in the recall: the risk that Democrats -- who outnumber Republicans in the state by about 2 to 1 -- would slumber through it. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 Think Anthropologie for trinkets, bedding, and other fabulous finds, Saatva and Avocado for all things slumber, Dyson to upgrade your appliance game, and so much more for less. Amanda Randone,, 25 May 2021 Game notes: Despite solid pitching, the Tigers offense continues to slumber heading into the series finale. Andrew Hammond, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2021 The highest guest lodge in the Eastern United States, LeConte is the park's only place to slumber wholly protected. Tracey Minkin, Southern Living, 9 Mar. 2021 Dormice prefer to slumber in the hollows of old trees—and centuries of timber harvesting have stripped many of them from countries such as Poland, Belarus, Latvia, and Lithuania. Jason Bittel, Animals, 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition to tracking your every step, slumber, and sweat session, this model has a generous display, Bluetooth connectivity, and over six days of battery life. Kelsey Mulvey, Men's Health, 15 June 2022 Last year, millions of Brood X cicadas emerged after a 17-year slumber in parts of the eastern United States, and now a few of the sleepy stragglers could be reemerging, including in Louisville. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 17 May 2022 A year after billions of Brood X cicadas emerged from a 17-year slumber, a few stragglers may crop up this month. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 A year after billions of Brood X cicadas emerged from a 17-year slumber, a few stragglers may crop up this month. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 11 May 2022 And the lake itself was rising rapidly out of months of cold slumber. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2022 Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has jolted Finland [and Sweden] out of their non-aligned slumber and made NATO membership inevitable. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Yet even that tiny amount of light created a deficit of slow wave and rapid eye movement sleep, the stages of slumber in which most cellular renewal occurs, Zee said. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 Nathan Mensah, after an offensive slumber, had 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting on Feb. 12 against Air Force. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slumber


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slumber


Middle English slomren, slombren, frequentative of slumen to doze, probably from slume slumber, from Old English slūma; akin to Middle High German slumen to slumber

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“Slumber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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