Posted by: Natalie | March 19, 2010

Word of the Day:Sleep

Today’s word is . . .


Word Origins:

Sleep is related to the ancient Germanic schlafen which became slep or slæp in Old English. But many of the words meaning ‘sleep’ that we use today seem to have unidentified origins, they don’t seem to have a beginning – they just ‘appeared’. This backs up my opinion that sleep is magic! ‘Slumber’ came from Middle English sloom with the ‘b’ added because people found this easier to say. ‘Snooze’ appeared first in the 18th Century, but we don’t know where from; ‘doze’ meaning ‘to bewilder’ appeared in the 17th Century; with ‘nod’ deriving from Middle English. ‘Nap’ has a traceable history coming from Old English hnappian, probably by ancient Germanic.

Urban Dictionary Definition:

  1. You have been awake for 18 hours and are now viewing this useless definition of sleep. You are very tired and your brain is not functioning at its normal capacity. The bags under your eyes are starting to weigh you down. It’s 1:30am and you have to get up at 6:30am for work. Another coffee wont help you now…
  2. is better than everything.
  3. Kinda llike a drug but you’re hooked at birth
  4. Withdrawl Symptoms:
    Heavy eye lids, tired muscles, confusion, boredom, being on the computer at 3:00am (after work), watching reruns of the 10:00pm news.
  5. Something that you’re reluctant to do, but don’t want to stop after you start.
  6. What humans do during 1/3 of their lives.

Nat’s Definition:

  • The wonderful life of a Cat.
  • The thing that fixes my brain, to some extent.
  • The night-time ritual that helps me work out what to do next.
  • A place full of wonderful dreams and terrible nightmares.
  • What I think I might have now – just a little one though!



  1. Cie’s definition:

    The thing I never have time to get enough of.

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