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slumber

verb slum·ber \ ˈsləm-bər \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of slumber

slumbered; slumbering play \ˈsləm-b(ə-)riŋ\
1 a : to sleep lightly : doze
b : sleep
2 a : to be in a torpid, slothful, or negligent state
b : to lie dormant or latent

slumberer

play \ˈsləm-bər-ər\ noun

Examples of slumber in a Sentence

  1. she slumbered for hours while the train rolled on

  2. slumbering restlessly in the tropical heat

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Origin and Etymology of 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

slumber Synonyms

Synonyms

catnap, doze, drowse, nap, snooze;

Related Words

relax, repose, rest;

couch, lay, lie, roost;

lull;


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slumber

noun

Definition of slumber

1 a : sleep
b : a light sleep

Examples of slumber in a Sentence

  1. She fell into deep slumber.

  2. a toddler looking so innocent and peaceful in slumber

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First Known Use of slumber

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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SLUMBER Defined for Kids

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slumber

verb slum·ber \ ˈsləm-bər \

Definition of slumber for Students

slumbered; slumbering
: 1sleep 1

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slumber

noun

Definition of slumber for Students

: 2sleep 1


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