sleep etymology

English word sleep comes from Proto-Indo-European *slap-, Proto-Indo-European *(s)leh₂b-, and later Proto-Germanic *slēpaną (To sleep.)

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Detailed word origin of sleep

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*slap- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to be weak, limp, languid
*(s)leh₂b- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*slēpaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To sleep.
slæpan Old English (ang) To sleep.
slǣpan Old English (ang)
slāpan Old English (ang)
slepen Middle English (enm) To sleep.
sleep English (eng) (computing, intransitive) to wait for a period of time without performing any action. (intransitive) (Of a spinning top or a yo-yo) to spin on its axis with no other perceptible motion.. (intransitive) To be careless, inattentive, or unconcerned; not to be vigilant; to live thoughtlessly.. (intransitive) To be dead; to lie in the grave.. (intransitive) To be, or appear to be, in repose; to [...]

Words with the same origin as sleep

Descendants of *slap-
asleep sleepless sleepover sleepy