Definition of sleepwalk in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsliːpwɔːk/


[no object]
1Walk around and sometimes perform other actions while asleep: apparently, people who sleepwalk often make for the wardrobe
More example sentences
  • Have you ever sleepwalked? No, not that i know of.
  • During a week-long trial, the defendant told the jury of his family's history of sleepwalking - he, his mother, two aunts and a cousin have all sleepwalked.
  • I sleepwalked around the house in my pajamas, barely talking to my parents.
1.1Engage in an activity without interest, enthusiasm, or awareness of the possible consequences: we are sleepwalking into a surveillance society
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  • Arroyo is not highly rated, often accused of sleep walking through a role.
  • In a familiar Double Indemnity type love triangle the hero sleepwalks into murder.
  • Unfortunately, he did not follow up by resigning, along with the rest of the board who have sleepwalked to disaster.


An instance of sleepwalking: the longer a sleepwalk lasts, the nearer the person comes to a state of wakefulness
More example sentences
  • At first the route was a struggle, but it quickly came to resemble a sleepwalk.



Pronunciation: /ˈsliːpˌwɔːkə/
Example sentences
  • She, her two older sisters and her nephew had all been sleepwalkers.
  • He was a sleepwalker as a kid, and broke his ankle falling out a second story window.
  • It is important to realize that sleepwalkers are actually sleeping.

Words that rhyme with sleepwalk

sheep walk

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Line breaks: sleep|walk

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