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

catnap, doze, nap, rest, sleep, snooze

Synonyms: Noun

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

Antonyms: Noun

consciousness, wake, wakefulness

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Examples of slumber in a Sentence


she slumbered for hours while the train rolled on slumbering restlessly in the tropical heat


She fell into deep slumber. a toddler looking so innocent and peaceful in slumber
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After a night of gazing at the heavens and then slumbering under the stars, wake the next morning as the wildlife — elephants, giraffes, maybe big cats — gather at the river to begin their day anew. Mary Ann Anderson, Dallas News, "Kenya's star beds offer a feast for the senses," 2 July 2019 Yes, the lumber slumbered most of the drizzly night at Comerica Park in the Tigers’ 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers strike out 15 times in 4-2 loss to Indians," 15 June 2019 Through the first two games of the series, the Red Sox’ bats slumbered, the team scoring just five runs over 26 innings and failing to produce multiple runs in a single frame. Alex Speier,, "Oh, look, the Red Sox took a series from a good team," 19 June 2019 Depicting napping knights, slumbering artisans and slumping kings, the series is on loan from an Oxfordshire country house, where the series has been decorating the salon walls since it was installed there in the 1890s. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In London, Medieval Legends Through Modern Eyes," 19 Oct. 2018 Since then, the beautiful Provençal city with its Roman amphitheater surrounded by pretty 18th-century townhouses and mansions and dainty 19th-century villas and ’60s housing projects has long slumbered. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "What to See at the Rencontres d’Arles Photo Festival," 24 Aug. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The oil market could yet be awakened from its slumber if the United States and China reach a trade agreement — or if the security threat in the Middle East worsens dramatically. Matt Egan, CNN, "What the Gulf tanker attacks mean for oil and gas prices," 13 June 2019 With so many planets in your house of solitude and slumber at the beginning of May, take time to focus on restorative beauty practices. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May's Gemini Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Made with cooling and pressure-relieving memory foam, this cloud-like cushion relaxes both your neck and back for a more comfortable slumber. Popular Mechanics, "Save Big on Pressure-Relieving Memory Foam Pillow," 9 Mar. 2019 There's a lot of mental activity around the emotionally energetic full moon in Scorpio on Saturday, May 18, illuminating your house of slumber and seclusion. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Sagittarius Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 The research might also improve the quality of slumber for shift workers, bleary business travelers and insomniacs, the Journal’s Robert Lee Hotz writes. Allure, "The 15 Best Face Washes for Oily Skin," 19 Mar. 2019 The National Sleep Foudnation recommends teens get between 8 and 10 hours of slumber per night. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How to Fall Asleep," 12 Mar. 2019 Waking from a late slumber, the neighborhood gently crescendos into joyful chaos, first signaled by the clink of tattooed baristas pouring the trendiest café con leches in the city. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Eat and Shop in Malasaña, the Williamsburg of Madrid," 22 July 2018 The app monitors your slumber through out the night and, in the morning, gives you a break down of your sleep quality. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Do Sleep Glasses Actually Work?," 5 Feb. 2019

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

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