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sleep·er

 (slē′pər)
n.
1. One that sleeps: a heavy sleeper who was not wakened by the burglar.
2. A sleeping car.
3. often sleepers Children's pajamas, usually with legs that cover the feet.
4.
a. One that achieves unexpected recognition or success, as a racehorse or movie.
b. A spy or saboteur who is planted in an enemy country and who lives unobtrusively as a citizen of that country until activated into clandestine operations by a prearranged signal.
5. A horizontal structural member on or near the ground that supports weight.
6. Chiefly British A railroad crosstie.
7. Any of various chiefly tropical fishes of the family Eleotridae of fresh, brackish, and shallow marine waters, resembling the gobies but without fused pelvic fins and noted for their habit of lying immobile.

sleeper

(ˈsliːpə)
n
1. a person, animal, or thing that sleeps
2. (Railways) a railway sleeping car or compartment
3. (Railways) Brit one of the blocks supporting the rails on a railway track. US and Canadian equivalent: tie
4. (Building) a heavy timber beam, esp one that is laid horizontally on the ground
5. (Jewellery) chiefly Brit a small plain gold circle worn in a pierced ear lobe to prevent the hole from closing up
6. (Wrestling) a wrestling hold in which a wrestler presses the sides of his opponent's neck, causing him to pass out
7. (Agriculture) US an unbranded calf
8. (Animals) Also called: sleeper goby any gobioid fish of the family Eleotridae, of brackish or fresh tropical waters, resembling the gobies but lacking a ventral sucker
9. informal a person or thing that achieves unexpected success after an initial period of obscurity
10. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a spy planted in advance for future use, but not currently active

sleep•er

(ˈsli pər)

n.
1. a person or thing that sleeps.
2. a heavy horizontal timber for distributing loads.
3.
a. any long wooden, metal, or stone piece lying horizontally, as a sill or footing.
b. any of a number of wooden pieces, laid upon the ground or upon masonry or concrete, to which floorboards are nailed.
5. an unexpected success, esp. a film or play originally ignored or considered a failure.
6. Often, sleepers. one-piece or two-piece pajamas with feet, esp. for children.
7. a piece of furniture, as a sofa, that opens up or unfolds into a bed.
8. mole 1 (def. 2).
9. Slang. a juvenile delinquent sentenced to serve longer than nine months.
[1175–1225]

sleeper

(railroad track) tie
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sleeper - a rester who is sleeping
dreamer - someone who is dreaming
rester - a person who rests
Rip van Winkle - a person who sleeps a lot
sleeping beauty - a person who is sleeping soundly
noctambulist, sleepwalker, somnambulist - someone who walks about in their sleep
snorer - someone who snores while sleeping
somniloquist - someone who talks while asleep
2.sleeper - a spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
sleeper nest - a nest of sleepers awaiting a prearranged signal; "sleeper nests of Islamic terrorists were capable of launching major attacks in Europe"
diversionist, saboteur, wrecker - someone who commits sabotage or deliberately causes wrecks
spy, undercover agent - (military) a secret agent hired by a state to obtain information about its enemies or by a business to obtain industrial secrets from competitors
terrorist - a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities
3.sleeper - an unexpected achiever of success; "the winner was a true sleeper--no one expected him to get it"
achiever, succeeder, winner, success - a person with a record of successes; "his son would never be the achiever that his father was"; "only winners need apply"; "if you want to be a success you have to dress like a success"
4.sleeper - one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway tracksleeper - one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track; "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper"
bracing, brace - a structural member used to stiffen a framework
railroad track, railway, railroad - a line of track providing a runway for wheels; "he walked along the railroad track"
5.sleeper - a passenger car that has berths for sleepingsleeper - a passenger car that has berths for sleeping
drawing room - a private compartment on a sleeping car with three bunks and a toilet
carriage, passenger car, coach - a railcar where passengers ride
roomette - a small private compartment for one on a sleeping car
6.sleeper - pajamas with feet; worn by children
jammies, pj's, pyjama, pajama - (usually plural) loose-fitting nightclothes worn for sleeping or lounging; have a jacket top and trousers
7.sleeper - a piece of furniture that can be opened up into a bed
article of furniture, furniture, piece of furniture - furnishings that make a room or other area ready for occupancy; "they had too much furniture for the small apartment"; "there was only one piece of furniture in the room"
8.sleeper - tropical fish that resembles a goby and rests quietly on the bottom in shallow water
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
9.sleeper - an unexpected hit; "that movie was the sleeper of the summer"
hit, smasher, smash, bang, strike - a conspicuous success; "that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career"; "that new Broadway show is a real smasher"; "the party went with a bang"
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

sleeper

noun
A dazzling, often sudden instance of success:
Slang: boff, boffo, boffola.
Translations
عَرَبَة نَوْمنائِم
lůžkospáč
sovekupésovendesoveplads
hálókocsi
sofandi maîursvefnpláss
spáč
uyuyan kişiyataklı vagon

sleeper

[ˈsliːpəʳ] N
1. (= person) → durmiente mf
2. (fig) (= spy) espía emplazado en un objetivo, pero sin misión concreta o que aún no es operativo
to be a heavy/light sleepertener el sueño pesado/ligero
to be a good/poor sleeperdormir bien/mal
3. (Brit) (Rail) (on track) → traviesa f, durmiente m; (= berth) → litera f; (= compartment) → camarín m, alcoba f; (= coach) → coche-cama m
4. (esp Brit) (= earring) → arete m
5. (US) (for baby) → pijama m de niño

sleeper

[ˈsliːpər] n
(= person) → dormeur/euse m/f
to be a good sleeper
Her first baby was not a good sleeper → Son premier bébé dormait mal.
to be a light sleeper → avoir le sommeil léger
I'm a light sleeper → J'ai le sommeil léger.
(British) (on rail track)traverse f
(= train) → train-couchettes m
(= sleeping carriage) → wagon-lits m, voiture-lits f
(= berth) → couchette f

sleeper

n
(= person)Schlafende(r) mf, → Schläfer(in) m(f); to be a heavy/light sleepereinen festen/leichten Schlaf haben
(Brit Rail: = on track) → Schwelle f
(Brit Rail: = train) → Schlafwagenzug m; (= coach)Schlafwagen m; (= berth)Platz mim Schlafwagen; I’ve booked a sleeperich habe Schlafwagen gebucht
(esp Brit: = earring) einfacher Ohrring, der das Zuwachsen des Loches im Ohrläppchen verhindern soll
(= terrorist)Schläfer m
sleepers pl (US: = child’s pyjamas) → einteiliger Schlafanzug

sleeper

[ˈsliːpəʳ] n
a. (person) → dormiente m/f
to be a heavy/light sleeper → avere il sonno pesante/leggero
b. (Brit) (Rail) (track) → traversina; (berth) → cuccetta; (coach) → vagone m letto inv
c. (earring) → campanella

sleep

(sliːp) past tense, past participle slept (slept) verb
to rest with the eyes closed and in a state of natural unconsciousness. Goodnight – sleep well!; I can't sleep – my mind is too active.
noun
(a) rest in a state of natural unconsciousness. It is bad for you to have too little sleep, since it makes you tired; I had only four hours' sleep last night.
ˈsleeper noun
1. a person who sleeps. Nothing occurred to disturb the sleepers.
2. a berth or compartment for sleeping, on a railway train. I'd like to book a sleeper on the London train.
ˈsleepless adjective
without sleep. He spent a sleepless night worrying about the situation.
ˈsleepy adjective
1. inclined to sleep; drowsy. I feel very sleepy after that long walk.
2. not (seeming to be) alert. She always has a sleepy expression.
3. (of places etc) very quiet; lacking entertainment and excitement. a sleepy town.
ˈsleepily adverb
ˈsleepiness noun
ˈsleeping-bag noun
a kind of large warm bag for sleeping in, used by campers etc.
ˈsleeping-pill / ˈsleeping-tablet nouns
a kind of pill that can be taken to make one sleep. She tried to commit suicide by swallowing an overdose of sleeping-pills.
ˈsleepwalk verb
to walk about while asleep. She was sleepwalking again last night.
ˈsleepwalker noun
put to sleep
1. to cause (a person or animal) to become unconscious by means of an anaesthetic; to anaesthetize. The doctor will give you an injection to put you to sleep.
2. to kill (an animal) painlessly, usually by the injection of a drug. As she was so old and ill my cat had to be put to sleep.
sleep like a log/top
to sleep very well and soundly.
sleep off
to recover from (something) by sleeping. She's in bed sleeping off the effects of the party.
sleep on
to put off making a decision about (something) overnight. I'll sleep on it and let you know tomorrow.

sleeper

(fam) V. sleeping pill.
References in classic literature ?
He began, `Oh, great and just God, no man among us knows what the sleeper knows, nor is it for us to judge what lies between him and Thee.
Tell me, ye Delawares has Tamenund been a sleeper for a hundred winters?
Upon being asked what the difference was, the man had wound up the first halfway and the second all the way, and showed the customer how the latter made twice as much noise; upon which the customer remarked that he was a sound sleeper, and had better take the more expensive clock!
Evidently the sleeper had wearied himself with work upon his finances, and was taking a rest.
The carriage stopped; and the sleeper being roused, was lifted to the ground by his uncle.
In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them?
Twice I called him by his name, in the tone in which I might have tried to rouse a sleeper, before he heeded me.
But one important detail I have omitted from my description of the sleeper.
At these words the sleeper awoke, and lost no time in rising and hurrying to the garden, where she found all as the Good Queen had described.
Urge me not to sing, Emerencia, for thou knowest that ever since this stranger entered the castle and my eyes beheld him, I cannot sing but only weep; besides my lady is a light rather than a heavy sleeper, and I would not for all the wealth of the world that she found us here; and even if she were asleep and did not waken, my singing would be in vain, if this strange AEneas, who has come into my neighbourhood to flout me, sleeps on and wakens not to hear it.
Or else he would see a room in a rich house, where his friend lay asleep, dreaming and smiling at his dreams; and then the door of that room would be opened, the curtains of the bed plucked apart, the sleeper recalled, and lo
John's disgust redoubled at the thought, but hunger was beginning to grow stronger than repulsion, and as a step to breakfast, if nothing else, he must find and arouse this sleeper.