Definition of somniferous in English:



  • Tending to induce sleep; soporific.

    ‘lifeless actors made the experience even more somniferous for the audiences’
    • ‘They all indulge in their familiar, somniferous spiels.’
    • ‘His room is equipped with a window-mounted air conditioner - a welcome antidote to high heat indexes and, in Urlacher's case, a somniferous aid.’
    • ‘In somniferous mumbles, he reads aloud the entire song.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, Sleep, one of the album's stand out tracks, is about as somniferous as a pneumatic drill.’
    • ‘This book helps put aside what the late Prof. Takaaki Aikawa described as the ‘somniferous romanticism’ with which the Westerner approaches Japanese studies.’
    mesmerizing, mesmeric, spellbinding, entrancing, bewitching, fascinating, irresistible, compelling
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Early 17th century: from Latin somnifer (from somnium ‘dream’) + -ous.