When you close your eyes and fall asleep, this is an example of a time when you slumber.
When you fall into a deep peaceful sleep, this is an example of a slumber.
Slumbered the night away.
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.
Origin of slumber
- Middle English slumeren, slumberen frequentative of slumen to doze probably from slume light sleep from Old English slūma
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English slombren, slomren, frequentive of slummen, slumen (“to doze"), probably from slume (“slumber"), from Old English slÅ«ma, from Proto-Germanic *slÅ«m- (“slack, loose, limp, flabby"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lew- (“loose, limp, flabby"), equivalent to sloom +"Ž -er. Akin to Middle High German slumen (“to slumber"). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian gjumÃ« (“sleep").