- The definition of a slumber is a deep sleep.
When you fall into a deep peaceful sleep, this is an example of a slumber.
- To slumber is to sleep.
When you close your eyes and fall asleep, this is an example of a time when you slumber.
A slumbering child.
- to sleep
- to be dormant, negligent, or inactive
Origin of slumberMiddle English slumeren ; from Old English slumerian ; from sluma, slumber: for Indo-European base see slug
- an inactive state
verbslum·bered, slum·ber·ing, slum·bers
- To sleep.
- To be dormant or quiescent.
- A state of inactivity or dormancy.
Origin of slumberMiddle English slumeren, slumberen, frequentative of slumen, to doze, probably from slume, light sleep, from Old English slūma.
- A very light state of sleep, almost awake.
- He at last fell into a slumber, and thence into a fast sleep, which detained him in that place until it was almost night. — Bunyan.
- Fast asleep? It is no matter; / Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber. — Shakespeare.
- Rest to my soul, and slumber to my eyes. — Dryden.
(third-person singular simple present slumbers, present participle slumbering, simple past and past participle slumbered)
- (intransitive) To be in a very light state of sleep, almost awake.
- (intransitive) To be inactive or negligent.
- lumbers, rumbles, umbrels
From Middle English slombren, slomren, frequentive of slummen, slumen (“to doze”), probably from slume (“slumber”), from Old English slūma, from Proto-Germanic *slūm- (“slack, loose, limp, flabby”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lew- (“loose, limp, flabby”), equivalent to sloom + -er. Akin to Middle High German slumen (“to slumber”). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian gjumë (“sleep”).