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

Definition of slumber

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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

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Other Words from slumber


slumberer \ ˈsləm-​bər-​ər How to pronounce slumberer (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The getaway was designed and furnished to satisfy a desire for comfort, convenience, calm and slumber for vacation and business travelers. oregonlive, "Zen-like getaways: Oregon offers calm vacation destinations (and ideas for your home)," 26 June 2020 Without cytokines, the immune system would slumber while infections wreak havoc. Clifford Marks, The New Yorker, "What We Don’t Know About COVID-19," 29 Apr. 2020 Little and a slew of guest musicians, including keyboardist Newt Johnson, bassist John Onder and singer Tara Sayre Jones, would work from around 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., while Little's wife and daughter slumbered back home. Matt Wake |, al, "How songwriting is helping an Alabama vet’s PTSD," 7 Apr. 2020 Here, as the giraffe slumbered, the gazelle was finally able to study him, and many truths became apparent to her at once. Riane Konc, The New Yorker, "Aesop’s Fables Written After a Bad Breakup," 5 Feb. 2020 Nope; that’s the crew member who was supposed to be on watch while everyone else slumbered. Dan Thurot, Ars Technica, "Nemesis brings alien impregnation horror to your tabletop—and it works," 18 Jan. 2020 Both offenses were still slumbering in Game 3; the Red Sox managed one run on four hits off Verlander while the Tigers were shutout. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers: Solving the greatest 'What ifs' of the 2010s," 31 Dec. 2019 On one beach several bears appeared to be slumbering lazily. Eva Sohlman, New York Times, "Forged by Volcanoes, Kamchatka Offers Majestic, Magnetic Wilds," 7 Oct. 2019 Brigham co-authored a study, published this year in the journal Oecologia, that found the average poorwill torpor is about five days—but that one especially sleepy bird slumbered for 45. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Fascinating ways animals prepare for fall," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With the Fever trailing by 17 entering the fourth quarter, Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell finally broke the Fever's slumber. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Fever show fight in fourth quarter, fall to Los Angeles Sparks 86-75," 6 Aug. 2020 This morning, in the wake of Luka Doncic’s colossal triple-double against the Kings, the Oura app informed me of my un-stellar triple-slumber stats: 6:47 of total sleep; 1:20 of REM sleep; ten minutes of deep sleep. Dallas News, "NBA bubble diary: Compelling basketball, bathroom talk, and some Handmaid’s Tale vibes," 5 Aug. 2020 The white colored walls and soft beige carpet create a calm perfect for slumber, while the fanciful decor adds some magic. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Woman's Bedroom Is Giving Us Major Cinderella Castle Vibes," 8 July 2020 Five years later, officers found Arnold in a drunken slumber behind the wheel of his Silverado one night in the drive-through of a Little Canada McDonald’s. Maryjo Webster, Star Tribune, "© 2020 StarTribune. All rights reserved.," 26 Sep. 2017 Often, back in Camp Yadin, this idea comforted him and eased him into his own deep slumber. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Bird Box' redux: Read an exclusive excerpt from Josh Malerman's horror sequel 'Malorie'," 9 July 2020 Nothing like a sprint to the finish to wake everyone from their Sunday slumber. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Rocket Mortgage Classic hits and misses: Bryson DeChambeau, late drama a smashing success," 6 July 2020 This usually sleepy island remains in deep slumber while everyone waits for the Americans to return. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Americans cut off from Lake Erie’s Pelee Island while U.S.-Canadian border remains closed," 11 June 2020 The Las Vegas Strip is slowly awakening after a nearly 80-day slumber due to the coronavirus crisis. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Ready to visit a reopened Las Vegas? MGM Resorts plans to open four more hotels by July 1," 9 June 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

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“Slumber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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

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