One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘For nearly two years I had been going about my life a virtual somnambulist (noctambulist, if you prefer).’
- ‘It's still stranger to imagine legions of English noctambulists marching into moonlit fields to chant Dryden and Pope; but the implication of Wordsworth's scenario is that anyone undertaking the experiment would soon see the superiority of the night sky to the painted firmament of Augustan poetry.’
- ‘Why does a noctambulist walk about mechanically and sometimes in dangerous places (as on high roofs)?’
Mid 18th century: from Latin nox, noct- ‘night’ + ambulare ‘to walk’ + -ist.
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