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v. slum·bered, slum·ber·ing, slum·bers
1. To sleep.
2. To be dormant or quiescent.
To pass (time) in sleep: slumbered the night away.
1. Sleep.
2. A state of inactivity or dormancy.

[Middle English slumeren, slumberen, frequentative of slumen, to doze, probably from slume, light sleep, from Old English slūma.]

slum′ber·er n.
slum′ber·ing·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slumberer - 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
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References in classic literature ?
Some looked neither to the right hand nor the left, and knew not that he was there; some merely glanced that way, without admitting the slumberer among their busy thoughts; some laughed to see how soundly he slept; and several, whose hearts were brimming full of scorn, ejected their venomous superfluity on David Swan.
The rapidity with which an agitated gambler subsided into a snoring slumberer, was one of the most singular effects I have ever witnessed.
And meet it is, that over these sea-pastures, wide-rolling watery prairies and Potters' Fields of all four continents, the waves should rise and fall, and ebb and flow unceasingly; for here, millions of mixed shades and shadows, drowned dreams, somnambulisms, reveries; all that we call lives and souls, lie dreaming, dreaming, still; tossing like slumberers in their beds; the ever-rolling waves but made so by their restlessness.
Nothing occurred during the night to disturb the slumberers, although occasional growls front panthers and chatterings of monkeys broke the silence; the more formidable beasts made no cries or hostile demonstration against the occupants of the bungalow.
Let the student go thither in December, sit down with the teamsters at their meals, share their evening merriment, and repose with them at night when every bed has its three occupants, and parlor, barroom, and kitchen are strewn with slumberers around the fire.
The town did not awake; or, if it did, the drowsy slumberers mistook the cry either for something frightful in a dream, or for the noise of witches, whose voices, at that period, were often heard to pass over the settlements or lonely cottages, as they rode with Satan through the air.
When the dim gray of dawn woke the slumberers to go forth to the field, there was among those tattered and shivering wretches one who walked with an exultant tread; for firmer than the ground he trod on was his strong faith in Almighty, eternal love.
Then it is that I appreciate the beauty and the glory of architecture, which itself never turns in, but forever stands out and erect, keeping watch over the slumberers.
In his excellent catalogue, curator Guillaume Faroult refers to this canvas as one of the best examples of "desire according to Fragonard." The painting brings to a logical conclusion the dream depicted in La chemise enlevee: A trio of putti reach between the legs of a supine slumberer to ignite her sex with flaming torches.
Mortal red and gold scarred our black republican sky crumping the Latin Quarter and most of the hospitals with their healing-huddled beds, most screaming infant schools, while at the Invalides hysteric Prussian shells shrill as harpies in Wagner never woke the slumberer in the huge sunken vault fit for an emperor of porphyry and basalt.
This matter, with the anticipated awakening of the slumberer and rousing of the sleeper, also includes neutralizing these [Shiite] people and pulling out their teeth before the inevitable battle, along with the anticipated incitement of the wrath of the people against the Americans, who brought destruction and were the reason for this miasma....