Definition of slumber in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsləmbər/

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intransitive verb

[no object]literary
  • Sleep.

    ‘Sleeping Beauty slumbered in her forest castle’
    • ‘the village street slumbered under the afternoon sun’
    sleep, be asleep, doze, rest, take a siesta, nap, take a nap, catnap, drowse
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literary often slumbers
  • A sleep.

    ‘scaring folk from their slumbers’
    • ‘And what kind of sleep do you get when you've hit the snooze alarm and faded back to slumbers?’
    • ‘But when it emerges from its slumbers, it is likely to change the rest of your life.’
    • ‘Despite her scepticism, she has nonetheless banished me to the camp-cot in the study so that my nocturnal hacking and spluttering won't interfere with her slumbers.’
    • ‘But the latest fire should serve as yet another wake-up call to the authorities, who appear to have returned to their slumbers since the last fire.’
    • ‘What's the key to surviving those long, lonely Arctic slumbers?’
    • ‘Last week the householders in two estates were roused from their slumbers prior to 7 am by workmen who were asking people to move their cars.’
    • ‘Luckily, he fell towards the house and was able to rouse the unsuspecting mate from his slumbers by head-butting the wall with his helmet.’
    • ‘The Luddite in me has been stirred from his distant slumbers by this recent death, too.’
    • ‘Just when it seemed that the game was slipping away from them, Johnstown roused themselves from their slumbers.’
    • ‘When Gerry Danagher retired teacher of Skreen awoke from his slumbers one morning a few weeks back he thought he was in a time warp.’
    • ‘If you figure it's time the sleeping giant resumed his slumbers, Kerry's your man.’
    • ‘Driediger, worried the honks were interrupting the man's slumbers, went to speak with him.’
    • ‘Uniquely, sadly, we British love to knock our young artists and, not surprisingly, the tabloids have had a field day as the tired voices of reaction have crawled from their slumbers to pronounce the fire a judgment on false gods.’
    • ‘In his day, it was not unusual to find the likes of Elgar, Kipling, Lloyd George and a couple of Rockefellers gathered round the breakfast table, having been roused rudely from their slumbers by a bagpiper.’
    • ‘Yet two minutes into the game he was racing down from his seat in the directors' box to the touchline where, in typical vein-bulging fashion, he frantically tried to shake his players out of their slumbers.’
    • ‘When you disturb them by opening the door, they open one eye in a ‘sod off, no way am I leaping and shrieking for the likes of you’ sort of way, and then return to their slumbers.’
    • ‘When I was very young - about 6 or 7 years old - I had this sequence of dreams that kept repeating in my sleepy slumbers.’
    • ‘I think I preferred it when all you could hear in the stadium were the gentle slumbers of the England fans, interspersed with the occasional oppositional song about the IRA.’
    • ‘I am finally forced from my slumbers at a ridiculously early hour when the overwhelming need to take on fresh water and air becomes strong enough to overcome alcohol-induced inertia.’
    • ‘That is, by the time punters have awoken from their slumbers ready to meet yet another day in paradise, the sun is high in the sky and the early birds are already lining up tomorrow's worms.’
    sleep, nap, doze, rest, siesta, drowse, catnap
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Middle English alteration of Scots and northern English sloom, in the same sense. The -b- was added for ease of pronunciation.