The earth was like a slumbering babe, smiling in its sleep, because it dreams of Heaven.

They say you couldn't walk in your sleep without spending money.

Phœbus protect me, but this is an awful place to speak of those who sleep.

"You can sleep there," he said, pointing to a cot bed in the corner of the room.

I'm nearer sunstroke myself than he is—not a wink of sleep for two nights now.

He went dazedly in to him,—and was awakened from the dream that he had been losing a fortune in his sleep.

Losing a million a minute, even in sleep, he thought, was disquieting.

"Now, my son, don't you get to going without your sleep," began his mother.

Robert's suspicions were lulled to sleep, and he ceased to be as vigilant and watchful as he had been.

The voice became a murmur, and then Andy knew that it had been some man speaking in his sleep.


Old English slæpan "to be or fall asleep; be dormant or inactive" (class VII strong verb; past tense slep, past participle slæpen), from Proto-Germanic *slepan (cf. Old Saxon slapan, Old Frisian slepa, Middle Dutch slapen, Dutch slapen, Old High German slafen, German schlafen, Gothic slepan "to sleep"), from PIE root *sleb- "to be weak, sleep" (cf. Old Church Slavonic slabu "lax, weak," Lithuanian silpnas "weak"), which perhaps is connected to the root of slack (adj.). Sleep with "do the sex act with" is in Old English:

Related: Slept; sleeping. Sleep around first attested 1928.


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