slumber
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /slʌmbə/
  • (GA) enPR: slŭmʹbər, IPA: /ˈslʌmbɚ/
Noun

slumber (plural slumbers)

  1. A very light state of sleep, almost awake.
    • He at last fell into a slumber, and thence into a fast sleep, which detained him in that place until it was almost night.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      Fast asleep? It is no matter; / Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber.
    • Rest to my soul, and slumber to my eyes.
  2. (figurative) A state of ignorance or inaction.
    • 2009, Ben-Ami Scharfstein, Art without borders: a philosophical exploration of art and humanity
      Marcel Duchamp's urinal and readymades seemed in the beginning to be insider jokes or jokelike paradoxes meant to awaken people from their aesthetic slumbers.
Translations Verb

slumber (slumbers, present participle slumbering; past and past participle slumbered)

  1. (intransitive) To be in a very light state of sleep, almost awake.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Psalms 121:4 ↗:
      He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
  2. (intransitive) To be inactive or negligent.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To lay to sleep.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To stun; to stupefy.
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