• IPA(key): /ˈsliːpɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -iːpɪŋ



  1. present participle of sleep
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 20, in The China Governess[1]:
      ‘No. I only opened the door a foot and put my head in. The street lamps shine into that room. I could see him. He was all right. Sleeping like a great grampus. Poor, poor chap.’


sleeping (not comparable)

  1. Asleep.
    • 2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34:
      Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
  2. Used for sleep; used to produce sleep.

Derived termsEdit

Terms derived from sleeping (adj)


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sleeping (countable and uncountable, plural sleepings)

  1. The state of being asleep, or an instance of this.
    • c. 1380, William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman, I:
      And as I lay and lened and loked in the wateres / I slombred in a slepyng, it swyved so merye.
    • 1995, Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, page 144:
      [] there are no words to describe the way she negotiated the abyss between her dreams, those wakings strange as her sleepings.





sleeping m (plural sleepings)

  1. sleeping car


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