English word asleep comes from English a-, English sleep.
Asleep detailed word origin explanation
|a- || English (eng) ||(no longer productive) Away from. [First attested from around 1150 to 1350.] (no longer productive) forming words with the sense of wholly, or utterly out[First attested from around 1150 to 1350.] (no longer productive) Of, from. [First attested prior to 1150.] Not, without, opposite of. (no longer productive) Towards; Used to indicate direction, reduction to, increase to, change into, or [...] |
|sleep || English (eng) ||(countable, informal) An act or instance of sleeping.. (uncountable) Rheum found in the corner of the eyes after waking, whether real or a figurative objectification of sleep (in the sense of reduced consciousness).. (uncountable) The state of reduced consciousness during which a human or animal rests in a daily rhythm.. A state of plants, usually at night, when their leaflets approach each [...] |
|asleep || English (eng) ||(euphemistic) dead. (of a body part) Having a numb or prickling sensation accompanied by a degree of unresponsiveness.. (slang) Inattentive.. In a state of sleep; also, broadly, resting. |
Words with the same origin as asleep