Definition of sleep-out in English:



  • 1An occasion of sleeping outdoors.

    ‘the annual children's bonfire and sleep-out’
    • ‘Bertie dropped in on the 48-hour sleepout under the Bank of Ireland porticoes at College Green to chat to the teenagers and wish them well.’
    • ‘William led the sleepout outside Leinster House in Dublin.’
    • ‘The hostel and resources manager said: ‘The sleepout is not just about one night.’’
    • ‘The day after the sleepout, November 15th, according to Lewis, the city offered the solid waste workers a hazardous duty retirement option.’
    1. 1.1NZ, Australian A veranda, porch, or outbuilding providing sleeping accommodation.
      • ‘Senior Sergeant Dennis Murphy said the officers burst through the doors of a sleepout at the rear of the property to find the suspected lab.’
      • ‘She had to cook for the family and the hired farm worker who lived in the sleepout but had all his meals provided.’
      • ‘To find that I have three painters camped in my sleepout and on my verandah.’