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n. pl. som·nil·o·quies
The act or habit of talking in one's sleep.

[somni- + Latin loquī, to speak; see soliloquy.]

som·nil′o·quist n.


(sɒmˈnɪləkwɪ) ,




n, pl -quies
(Psychology) rare the act of talking in one's sleep
[C19: from Latin somnus sleep + loqui to speak; compare soliloquy]
somˈniloquist n
somˈniloquous adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.somniloquy - uttering speech while asleepsomniloquy - uttering speech while asleep  
sleeping - the suspension of consciousness and decrease in metabolic rate
unconscious process, process - a mental process that you are not directly aware of; "the process of denial"
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Once known as somniloquy, sleep-talking is technically a disorder where a person will talk in their sleep without knowing they're doing it.
A psychiatric report showed that he had somniloquy, where people did sleep talk, and a history of "nocturnal vocalisation".
KELLI ANNE NOFTLE'S first collection of poetry, I Was There for Your Somniloquy, was selected by Rae Armantrout for the 2010 Omnidawn Poetry Prize.