Definition of sleepwalk in English:



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  • 1Walk around and sometimes perform other actions while asleep.

    ‘apparently, people who sleepwalk often make for the wardrobe’
    • ‘I'd never sleepwalked before, and highly doubted that I did now.’
    • ‘If your child sleepwalks for a long time, talk to your doctor.’
    • ‘I don't think a person who is sleepwalking can do tricks on a snowboard like those.’
    • ‘That was more than a bad dream and I have never sleepwalked in my life.’
    • ‘He claimed he had sleepwalked in the past, particularly when he had been drinking as he had in the hours before the alleged rapes.’
    • ‘Some people sleepwalk when they're stressed.’
    • ‘Have you ever sleepwalked? No, not that i know of.’
    • ‘However, what if I had sleepwalked and took it from Palestrike's chamber?’
    • ‘He told police that he could not remember having sex with the woman, but that he had sleepwalked in the past when very drunk.’
    • ‘Again from Almodóvar: ‘In the opening scene, you see these women who are walking around blind and sleepwalking.’’
    • ‘The children were tiny and tucked up in their beds, but they were still at the stage of sleepwalking into my room in the middle of the night, so a few nocturnal noises were par for the course.’
    • ‘Deciding that if asked, I could blame my night walk on sleepwalking, I shrugged and strode purposely towards the building.’
    • ‘Maybe I had fallen asleep during English and sleepwalked my way to the bathroom.’
    • ‘It was the first time even the back room was full, and though that may be what every owner wants, two waiters sleepwalked through our room with eyes wide shut, ignoring everyone to their left and right.’
    • ‘Apparently the guy had just sleepwalked ALL the way from his room, SAT down, and fell promptly ASLEEP on the bag of bread.’
    • ‘I sleepwalked around the house in my pajamas, barely talking to my parents.’
    • ‘During a week-long trial, the defendant told the jury of his family's history of sleepwalking - he, his mother, two aunts and a cousin have all sleepwalked.’
    • ‘Then she remembered Del sleepwalked with alarming regularity and shrugged it off.’
    somnambulism, noctambulism
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    1. 1.1 Engage in an activity without interest, enthusiasm, or awareness of the possible consequences.
      ‘we are sleepwalking into a surveillance society’
      • ‘It's also an appropriate approach for someone trying to energize a franchise that has sleepwalked through September the past three years.’
      • ‘Most guys who feel tired all the time suck it up and avoid telling their doctor, assuming everybody sleepwalks through their day.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, he did not follow up by resigning, along with the rest of the board who have sleepwalked to disaster.’
      • ‘In a familiar Double Indemnity type love triangle the hero sleepwalks into murder.’
      • ‘Jonathon Milne then lists all the sad chooks, dragging their tails as they sleep walk their way to defeat.’
      • ‘They showed up for a home date with Miami on December 12 and sleepwalked through a lopsided loss.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, most of the world, as if pre-programmed, sleepwalks through the breath-taking events.’
      • ‘Arroyo is not highly rated, often accused of sleep walking through a role.’
      • ‘Alec Baldwin and William H. Macy could sleep walk through their respective roles.’
      • ‘I feel as if I've sleepwalked invisibly through one of the most melancholy days of my life.’
      • ‘We eventually made it back home early, early Thursday morning, and slept walk through work that next day.’
      • ‘Julia Roberts is a fine actress, but she sleepwalks her way through this part, imbuing Katherine with little in the way of charm or passion.’
      • ‘Nick Love could have sleepwalked his way through this remake, which is exactly what he's done.’
      • ‘Instead he is kind of sleep walking through this period.’
      • ‘His latest show carries no particular message and no meaning, as Manson sleepwalks through goth-rock and showbiz clichés.’
      • ‘Johnny Depp must have been doing someone a personal favor when he signed onto this film, because he sleepwalks through his role.’
      • ‘Some people live as if they were sleep walking, depressed, and unaware of what is going on around them.’
      • ‘We are sleep walking towards a crisis in democracy.’
      • ‘Do you really want to sleep walk through life?’
      • ‘Voters in next month's local council elections were warned today not to "sleep walk" into electing a large number of BNP councillors.’


  • An instance of sleepwalking.

    ‘the longer a sleepwalk lasts, the nearer the person comes to a state of wakefulness’
    • ‘At first the route was a struggle, but it quickly came to resemble a sleepwalk.’