Word of the Day: slumber

Word of the Day
June 3, 2016
slumber (verb, noun)
/ˈslʌmbɚ/   sound icon
As a verb, slumber means 'to sleep,' especially 'to sleep lightly or peacefully.' Figuratively, it means 'to be calm or in a state of inactivity.' As a noun, slumber is a synonym for sleep, especially light sleep, and it is sometimes used in the plural form. It also describes a state of inactivity.

 

Example sentences
 
John was exhausted after a long day at work and he slumbered by the fire.
The volcanoes slumber, but no one knows when they might awaken.
Being woken from her slumbers put Lindsay in a bad mood.
The quiet town's slumber was disturbed by the arrival of the fair.

 

Words often used with slumber
 
slumber away: to pass a period of time by sleeping. Example: "During his illness, Oliver would often slumber away whole days."
 
Did you know?
 
A slumber party is a party where people (normally children or young teenagers) dress in their nightclothes and stay up late eating snacks and talking. This can also be called a pajama (UK: pyjama) party, a sleepover, or a sleepover party.
 
Other forms
 
slumberer (noun), slumbering (adjective)
 
Origin
 
Slumber dates back to the late 12th or early 13th century; the verb comes from the Middle English word slumeren, a variation of slumen, meaning 'to doze,' which in turn comes from the Old English word slūma, meaning 'sleep.' It is similar to the German word schlummern. The noun comes from the Middle English word slomur or slomber and is a derivative of the verb.
 
 
 
 
 
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