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slumber Line breaks: slum|ber
Pronunciation: /ˈslʌmbə/

Definition of slumber in English:


[no object]
Sleep: Sleeping Beauty slumbered in her forest castle figurative the village street slumbered under the afternoon sun
More example sentences
  • I was there approximately two weeks ago before he went into what I call a sleep, slumber, and was able to talk with him and hug him and kiss him and joke with him.
  • So to the ones who have passed on, rest there, sleep there, slumber on.
  • How peacefully she slumbered, wrapped in sleep's numbing embrace.
sleep, be asleep, doze, rest, take a siesta, nap, take a nap, catnap, drowse;
informal snooze, snatch forty winks, get some shut-eye, be in the land of Nod
British informal kip, have a kip, get one's head down, zizz, get some zizz, doss (down)
North American informal catch some Zs
literary be in the arms of Morpheus


(often slumbers) Back to top  
A sleep: scaring folk from their slumbers
More example sentences
  • 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.
informal snooze, forty winks, a bit of shut-eye
British informal kip, zizz


Middle English: alteration of Scots and northern English sloom, in the same sense. The -b- was added for ease of pronunciation.



Example sentences
  • Moreover, their sleep patterns were different than those of modern slumberers.
  • Which should leave slumberers in the building's famous ‘sleeping room,’ snoozing merrily on.
  • What makes the conundrum of the obtunded slumberer unique is not that his malady is difficult to diagnose.


Pronunciation: /ˈslʌmb(ə)rəs/
(also slumbrous) adjective
Example sentences
  • The waking of the wood may mean that the slumbrous dream was not real anyway, that daytime reality has now supervened, replacing defiance with pleasant companionship.
  • But when he'd asked, when he'd lifted a hand to my face and looked at me with those slumberous green eyes of his, any logic I'd possessed had crumbled like nothing more than a flimsy, false idol.
  • Henry David Thoreau described the song of one species as ‘a slumberous breathing,’ an ‘intenser dream.’

Words that rhyme with slumber

Columba, cumber, encumber, Humber, lumbar, lumber, number, outnumber, rumba, umber

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