sleep etymology

English word sleep comes from Proto-Germanic *slēpaną (To sleep.)

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Detailed word origin of sleep

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*slēpaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To sleep.
*slēpaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Sleep.
slǣp Old English (ang)
slæp Old English (ang) Sleep.
sleepe Middle English (enm)
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 [...]

Words with the same origin as sleep

Descendants of *slēpaną
asleep sleepless sleepover sleepy