asleep etymology

English word asleep comes from English a-, English sleep

Detailed word origin of asleep

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
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

Descendants of a-
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