Past tense and past participle of sleep.
- Simple past tense and past participle of sleep.
Variant of sleep
- a natural, regularly recurring condition of rest for the body and mind, during which the eyes are usually closed and there is little or no conscious thought or voluntary movement, but there is intermittent dreaming
- a spell of sleeping
- any state of inactivity thought of as like sleep, as death, unconsciousness, hibernation, etc.
- Bot. nyctitropism
Origin of sleepMiddle English slep ; from Old English slæp, akin to German schlaf, sleep, schlaff, loose, lax ; from Indo-European an unverified form slab ; from base an unverified form (s)leb-, an unverified form (s)lab-, loose, slack from source lip, limp, Classical Latin labor, to slip, sink
intransitive verbslept, sleeping
- to be in the state of sleep; slumber
- to be in a state of inactivity like sleep, as that of death, quiescence, hibernation, inattention, etc.
- Informal to have sexual intercourse (with)
- Informal to postpone a decision (on) to allow time for deliberation: let me sleep on it
- Bot. to assume a nyctitropic position at night, as petals or leaves
- to slumber in (a specified kind of sleep): to sleep the sleep of the just
- to provide sleeping accommodations for: a boat that sleeps four
Informal to have promiscuous sexual relations
- to spend in sleeping; sleep during
- to get rid of by sleeping
- to sleep at the place where one is employed as a household servant
- to sleep later in the morning than one usually does
sleep it off
to rid oneself of the effects of some excess, overindulgence, etc., specif. of the aftereffects of drinking much alcoholic liquor, by sleeping
to rid oneself of by sleeping
- to spend in sleeping; sleep throughout
- to sleep outdoors
Informal to spend the night at another's home