slumber

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

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 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 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 Our short person has left for the schoolhouse, our official mascot is slumbering at our feet, and our coffee kettle is whistling a familiar tune. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: States push back on opioid deal; sheriffs acted as front group to decry importation," 24 Oct. 2019 Barcelona slumbered to a defeat against Chelsea in their first pre-season fixture but have since recovered well to beat Japanese side Vissel Kobe before turning over Arsenal 2-1 at Camp Nou last time out. SI.com, "Napoli vs Barcelona Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 5 Aug. 2019 And what more fitting a train than the 4449, slumbering in obscurity those long years, but robustly willing to do the work it was designed for? Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the SP 4449 Is Such a Badass Train," 15 July 2019 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, BostonGlobe.com, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And that all of this losing is supposed to be endured — and stored — for release when one of these teams bolts from its slumber and takes you for a ride. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit sports are terrible. But one day, it will make winning that much sweeter," 6 Dec. 2019 For me, when woken from a deep slumber, a croaky none. Geoffrey Morrison, New York Times, "10 Hotel Tips No One Taught You," 30 July 2019 Japan’s Ioyama volcano awoke from a 250-year slumber Thursday afternoon, spewing a plume of ash taller than the Eiffel Tower that prompted warnings for planes and nearby villages that faced a threat from ash and falling rocks. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "See Japan’s Ioyama volcano erupting for the first time in 250 years," 20 Apr. 2018 Then Walker awakened from his slumber and started to put up numbers. BostonGlobe.com, "After pre-game talk, Kemba Walker walks the walk - The Boston Globe," 26 Oct. 2019 For most of history, this was the type of information a young person might glean from sloppy experience or convoluted slumber-party advice. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "How to Make a Website," 11 Nov. 2019 Prescription sleeping pills, as well as over-the-counter sedatives and antihistamines, not only aid slumber but can mitigate nervous fliers’ anxiety. Walter Nicklin, Washington Post, "He was dreading his 13-hour flight. So he asked experts for some tips.," 6 Nov. 2019 Originally written as a bedtime story, the movie chronicles three witches who awaken from a 300-year slumber to steal the youth of children on Halloween night. Sarah Cook, al, "Birmingham magazine’s October culture picks," 18 Oct. 2019 Cellular timekeepers rhythmically prep areas around the synapses in anticipation of building synaptic proteins during slumber. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Sleep Deprivation Shuts Down Production of Essential Brain Proteins," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of slumber was in the 13th century

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27 Nov 2019

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“Slumber.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slumbering?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=slumbe02. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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slumber

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

Kids Definition of slumber

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slumber

noun

Kids Definition of slumber (Entry 2 of 2)

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