slumber

verb
slum·​ber | \ˈsləm-bər \
slumbered; slumbering\ ˈsləm-​b(ə-​)riŋ \

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

slumber

noun

Definition of slumber (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : sleep

b : a light sleep

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Other Words from slumber

Verb

slumberer \ ˈsləm-​bər-​ər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for slumber

Synonyms: Verb

catnap, doze, drowse, nap, snooze

Synonyms: Noun

bed, catnapping, dozing, napping, repose, rest, resting, shut-eye, sleep, slumbering, snoozing, z's (or zs)

Antonyms: Noun

consciousness, wakefulness

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But none of these theories hold a candle to my favorite conjecture of all: slumbering digital aliens. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "But, Seriously, Where Is Everybody?," 22 June 2018 Hough looked up to see the bear slumbering in the tree. CBS News, "Bear takes dip in California hot tub, drinks margarita," 3 July 2018 How many sons of Italian or Jewish or Polish parents slumbered in slums untaught (and) unlearned, their potential lost forever to the nation and human race? James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: RFK’s speech in apartheid South Africa remains relevant 50 years after his assassination," 5 June 2018 And, of course, there is always the chance that Martian methanogens still slumber in the planet’s subsurface even today, periodically awakening during clement periods to produce their gaseous calling-card. Adam Mann, Scientific American, "Curiosity Rover Uncovers Long-Sought Organic Materials on Martian Surface," 7 June 2018 Doctors and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine say they like that activity trackers – which can monitor not only exercise but how much of your time in bed is spent slumbering — have gotten people more interested in their sleeping habits. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "The high cost of getting a good night's sleep," 6 June 2018 These airfields and hangars, filled with the ghosts of spy planes past, slumbered as L.A.’s celebrity associations took center stage. Geoff Manaugh, The Atlantic, "Los Angeles, America’s Future Spaceport," 17 May 2018 The intruder sneaks past the crib holding a sleeping baby, then creeps toward the bed where a young mother also slumbers. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "He watched a Utah mother and baby sleep — and exposed himself. A baby cam caught it all | The Sacramento Bee," 16 May 2018 When the water’s calmer, parents and kids can stroll the shoreline and scan the surf for slumbering green sea turtles or Hawaiian monk seals. Matt Villano, Sunset, "Our Guide to Visiting Hawaii with Kids," 22 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The sickness seems to wake them from their winter slumber earlier, depleting critical fat reserves and causing dehydration. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "A mysterious disease is killing millions of bats. These scientists are trying to save them.," 12 July 2018 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Judgement and Epiphany on Pittsburgh’s Number 79 Bus," 11 May 2018 The last tykes from Winks with the Sphinx have been roused from dusty slumber and sent home. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Visit the Penn Museum's Sphinx this weekend, or wait another 4 to 6 years," 5 July 2018 The series — illustrated by hand in colorful picture-book style — follows the slumber of a variety of members of the animal kingdom in a six-episode season. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "Jellyfish sleep despite lacking a brain, and other stories about animals at rest," 6 Mar. 2018 So, does the reawakening of Steamboat mean the Yellowstone Volcano will soon rumble to life after 70,000 years of slumber? Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Yellowstone’s Biggest Geyser, Steamboat, Has Trio of Eruptions," 2 May 2018 The offense that had been held to two runs or fewer in the past five games awoke from its slumber in a 6-2 victory over Texas. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners offense comes alive in last two innings of 6-2 victory over Rangers," 21 Apr. 2018 Return to the Dune House for after dinner drinks or float back to your luxury tent, for a deep slumber under the stars. Stuart Rigg, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Australia," 5 Oct. 2016 Last year, tensions with North Korea rattled some investors, but the threat of a trade war between the U.S. and China—the world’s two biggest economies—has caught their attention in 2018, waking them out of a slumber. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Investors Seek Protection From Market’s Biggest Winners," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of slumber

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for slumber

Verb

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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More Definitions for slumber

slumber

verb
slum·​ber | \ˈsləm-bər \
slumbered; slumbering

Kids Definition of slumber

 (Entry 1 of 2)

slumber

noun

Kids Definition of slumber (Entry 2 of 2)

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