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slumber Syllabification: slum·ber
Pronunciation: /ˈsləmbər/

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.


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A sleep: scaring folk from their slumbers
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  • 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.


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: /ˈsləmb(ə)rəs/
(also slumberous-bərəs) 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.’


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

Words that rhyme with slumber

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