Definition of sleeper in English:

sleeper

noun

  • 1[with adjective] A person or animal who is asleep or who sleeps in a specified way.

    ‘he was a light sleeper, for long periods an insomniac’
    • ‘Subjects who rated themselves as habitually good sleepers were largely unaffected by the valerian extract.’
    • ‘I'm usually a light sleeper in unfamiliar situations, so it's not surprising that I would be a little jumpy.’
    • ‘I've always been a light sleeper, but years of travel mean I can pretty much fall asleep anywhere.’
    • ‘Nathan had always been the lightest sleeper he had ever known.’
    • ‘To prepare for any more rough sleepers we need extra sleeping bags and flasks.’
    • ‘I'm quite a light sleeper, so even my answering machine taking a message usually wakes me.’
    • ‘She is a light sleeper and sleeping next to me does deprive her of what little sleep she does get.’
    • ‘Moreover, at 6 months, the mothers of back sleepers reported fewer instances in which their infants had trouble sleeping than did the mothers of stomach sleepers.’
    • ‘Homeowners are often light sleepers and armed.’
    • ‘She didn't know whether he was a light or heavy sleeper, but apparently, he was a light sleeper.’
    • ‘He came through the front door and was surprised that she still didn't come to, since she was a light sleeper.’
    • ‘I know you've always wanted a whole bunch of kids, and I know whoever your wife is has to be a deep sleeper because you snore a lot more and louder than you think!’
    • ‘As a light sleeper, I can only struggle now to find better ear-plugs, or hope to sleep with my window forever open and get used to the outside noises as well.’
    • ‘A light sleeper, Debbie required frequent attention from her mother, who was also nursing her.’
    • ‘If your child is generally a good sleeper and begins waking in the night, it's a good idea to check there isn't a medical reason.’
    • ‘A light sleeper at all times, Armand had also heard the arrival.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the huge quantity of sleeping pills, sedatives and anti-depressants doled out each year to poor sleepers are a strain on the health budget.’
    • ‘I'm normally a light sleeper, so it was a surprise that the husband was the first to notice this.’
    • ‘The researchers found cognitive behavioral therapy worked best to treat insomnia, producing the largest number of normal sleepers after treatment.’
    • ‘He was a lighter sleeper when more people were around, apparently, and woke up while I was walking by.’
  • 2A thing used for or connected with sleeping, in particular.

    • ‘I went upstairs, and unable to find the coach attendant, I began to make my way up towards the sleeper section of the train.’
    • ‘A friend's first experience on a sleeper last week got him to London four hours late.’
    • ‘The train, which has seven second-class sleeper with a pantry car, has 504 seats.’
    • ‘It proved a great adventure and the kids loved the sleeper train.’
    • ‘Not having made it past the wait-list in the air-conditioned sleeper, it seemed the only option to not missing the women's conference we were heading for in Lucknow.’
    • ‘The recent addition to the attractions offered to those who prefer to travel to Bangalore by bus is a sleeper coach.’
    • ‘Only people in sleeper class get this service, by the way.’
    • ‘The incident came to light when passengers of a second class sleeper pulled the alarm chaim and stopped the train near the Goraya station.’
    • ‘For every sleeper on the 415 kilometre long railway something like ten soldiers died.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the Scottish Executive return costs 319 and includes first class travel by sleeper in one direction.’
    • ‘It had three drivers on every trip with a sleeper bunk.’
    • ‘They travelled by sleeper to Edinburgh and, at weekends, John was a regular visitor to the MacKay household at Finchampstead in Berkshire.’
    • ‘Jo and I had to get up at 9 for a sleeper train to Ho Chi Minh City.’
    • ‘They happen on night sleepers down to the Mediterranean, they happen in hotels and also, it seems, in villas.’
    • ‘My experience of sleeper trains spans the globe from Finland to Australia.’
    • ‘I quickly walked in and sat down at a table on the sleeper end of the car.’
    • ‘Michael and I were also spending three consecutive nights on trains, but at least the sleeper I had booked on one of them would give us access to a shower.’
    • ‘When I rode the Southwest Chief over the summer there were only two sleepers and two or three coach cars.’
    • ‘The rear seat folds forward and down making it useable as a sleeper.’
    • ‘From railway sleepers, it moved into quarries, roads, property and project management.’
    1. 2.1A train carrying sleeping cars.
      • ‘The sleeper train to Hue sounded not too savoury, however.’
      • ‘The overnight sleeper train from Hanoi to Hué starts off as a giggle, and ends up as an ordeal.’
      • ‘I decided on the overnight sleeper train from Bangkok, which meant I could sleep at night and not waste one of my precious days travelling.’
      • ‘A special sleeper train service had been put on; it pulled into York station at 3.32 am, and deposited excited royalists at King's Cross at 7.39 am.’
      • ‘I was travelling on a sleeper train from Istanbul to Belgrade where my passport was stolen after crossing the Bulgarian border.’
      • ‘Passengers were stranded aboard the train for more than three hours while a diesel engine was brought to pull the sleeper into Preston Station.’
      • ‘Not long ago I stepped off the overnight sleeper on to the platform at Nice to be revived by a delicious fragrance: the platform was awash with wallflowers.’
      • ‘I was travelling on the sleeper to Inverness when a man in the compartment pointed to the luggage rack. ‘And what have you got in there?’’
      • ‘We have all been dreading our second overnight sleeper train.’
      • ‘Eleven passengers died when a mystery blaze burned out a carriage of an overnight sleeper train today.’
      • ‘My experience of sleeper trains spans the globe from Finland to Australia.’
      • ‘He caught a sleeper train from Cairo to Aden in The Yemen.’
      • ‘10 Teams traveled solely by train - for instance in sleepers overnight from New York to Chicago.’
      • ‘There's just enough time to buy provisions for the journey before the long dormant sleeper train pulls up.’
      • ‘It proved a great adventure and the kids loved the sleeper train.’
      • ‘The £465 per person price includes seven nights' hotel accommodation, one night on a sleeper train, breakfast each day and the services of an experienced guide.’
    2. 2.2A sleeping car, or a berth in one.
      • ‘After dinner, there followed a restless night in the four-berth sleeper listening to the train wheels squealing and screeching.’
      • ‘Since then the company has found another 35 carriages, a mixture of restaurant cars, sleepers and Pullmans, all of which have been beautifully restored at workshops in England, Belgium and Germany.’
      • ‘Most private cars can accommodate more passengers during the day than overnight, so consider coupling one to a sleeper car for larger groups or to spread the cost among more people.’
      • ‘They bought the trains (including sleeper stock) and then realised that this was stupid - flying was quicker and cheaper.’
      • ‘Most of the troop trains of the Korean era used standard heavyweight sleepers, which were by then surplus to the Pullman pool as lightweight equipment displaced them.’
      • ‘Alas, they had made reservations in the sleeper car for the trip, and I just in a seat, so I was separated from them during the trip.’
      • ‘The sleepers used on the Canadian are unique to this train, in that each has three types of accommodations and all are alike.’
      • ‘I immediately noticed that this car was not of the caliber of our original sleeper car.’
      • ‘He was there at about 20 minutes before departure and took another couple and us to the sleeper cars.’
      • ‘It had 2 engines, 3 coaches, lounge car, dining car, 2 sleepers and 6 freight cars.’
      • ‘Also acquired were five ex U.S.Army troop box car style sleepers only built in 1944 for World War II use, these were converted into baggage cars.’
      • ‘I could see that today's consist included three locomotives, two sleepers, four coaches, a diner, a lounge car, and a baggage car.’
      • ‘Then the 15 leaving were told to go down the steps to the train, coach to the left, sleepers to the right.’
      • ‘The consist was essentially the same except that this train had just one sleeper whereas our southbound had two.’
      • ‘Behind the locomotive is a reefer (refrigerator car) to supply ice for drinking water in the sleepers.’
      • ‘There are seventeen cars: two engines, dorm, two sleepers, diner, lounge, three coaches, and seven mail cars.’
      • ‘There are three sleepers on this train, as well as the usual Pacific Parlour, Dining, and Sightseer cars.’
      • ‘In a sleeper car, several men pass along the hall.’
      • ‘I left Madrid 20 minutes later in a sleeper car, bound for Lisbon.’
      • ‘Generally, the sleeper carriages were interspersed with lounge and dining cars - so there was a lot of convivialising.’
    3. 2.3North American One-piece coverall pajamas for a baby or small child.
      • ‘Knitted fabrics, such as those used in T-shirts, sweatshirts, infant sleepers and sportswear, are examples of unstable fabrics.’
      • ‘To take your baby home put baby in a vest and thick sleepsuit if it's cold.’
      • ‘Take one pair of child's sleepers and soak it in warm water.’
      • ‘Now I want to give you a description, I know we put the picture up, but the little boy has black hair, brown eyes, and he was last seen - there he is right there - wearing a red sleeper.’
      • ‘So we brought her home in a little cute sleeper with a matching hat.’
    4. 2.4North American A sofa or chair that converts into a bed.
      • ‘Then she set up the couch into a double sleeper, made it all up, and when she was finished, Relena had already came out from the bathroom in her night clothes.’
      • ‘Both kinds come in models that can fit either regular sofas or sleepers, as well as easy chairs.’
      • ‘Once you decide on the dual purpose of the room, find yourself a nice sleeper sofa.’
      • ‘Most of the original furnishings had been destroyed in our first mission, and the room was now outfitted to accommodate four sleepers, with some small amount of storage.’
      • ‘That night Daniel didn't sleep with me; he slept on the sleeper sofa.’
      • ‘A sleeper chair (above left) is tufted and skirted in the same plaid taffeta used behind the bed.’
      • ‘The intimate lighting and varnished black sleepers sit easily with a heart-warming pot bellied stove which is an excellent focal point.’
      • ‘Two hours ago the last piece of furniture left the condo, the sleeper sofa I inherited with the place, an orange relic of the former owners.’
      • ‘A sleeper sofa is the solution chosen by most people in studios, but this limits your options in terms of design, and unmaking and re-making the bed every day can be enough to wear you out.’
      • ‘Do I have to get a sleeper sofa, or does anyone still make Murphy beds?’
  • 3A movie, book, play, etc., that achieves sudden unexpected success after initially attracting little attention, typically one that proves popular without much promotion or expenditure.

    • ‘People claimed that the precedent set out by the sleeper hit in 1998 was finally superseded.’
    • ‘This sequel to the 2001 sleeper hit is a thinly veiled facsimile of the first film.’
    • ‘If these guys get more playing time in the second half, they could be the sleepers who will vault your team to a title.’
    • ‘This film - and this DVD release - therefore is a sleeper waiting to be discovered.’
    • ‘It's this interesting concept that made the original Kohan franchise a sleeper hit.’
    • ‘Getting big weeks from cheap players not only will boost your points total but will increase your team's bottom line as the dollar values for those sleepers rise.’
    • ‘It is a documentary on a sort of wheelchair rugby and it is the sleeper hit of the moment.’
    • ‘Any movie with those much marketing dollars is going to attract more viewers than a little tiny movie that might be hoping for a great sleeper hit thanks to a couple good reviews.’
    • ‘DESPITE THEIR sleeper success, the band are still managing to keep their feet on the ground.’
    • ‘Avoiding a quiet sleeper of a film like this merely deprives you of an exciting movie experience.’
    • ‘The record became a sleeper hit and in 2003, it spawned a second and third volume, featuring Langford's own artwork.’
    • ‘If it is marketed the right way it might become a sleeper hit, though it isn't quite good enough to warrant anything like blockbuster status.’
    • ‘Just as the initial comic book issue became a sleeper success, so too has the silver screen Spider-Man.’
    • ‘This dark red wine is always a sleeper for restaurants that serve char-grilled steaks.’
    • ‘For our purposes, we'll consider a sleeper to be any player whose perceived value now is significantly lower than his potential value during this season.’
    • ‘Virtually unheralded, this relatively low-budget affair is a genuine sleeper - a surprise hit that pays off better than any number of more costly affairs.’
    • ‘It is better than most people might think, but not good enough to be a sleeper hit.’
    • ‘The film was a sleeper hit and even spawned a low-budget sequel.’
    • ‘Yet sometimes when something is missed out on, it can play the role of that special something, the sleeper hit, that only you know about, which is a great thing to have.’
    • ‘Is he discovering Quebec sovereignty to be a surprise sleeper hit with the electorate of his riding?’
    • ‘So if you have a sleeper, don't expect to hit nine figures… make sure you are enormously profitable with less.’
    1. 3.1An antique whose true value goes unrecognized for some time.
      • ‘Dealers and collectors love to find a sleeper, and one such is illustrated here.’
      • ‘Although we were unable to make out a signature, there is a possibility this antique painting could be a genuine sleeper and a real investment for a lucky buyer.’
    2. 3.2A secret agent who remains inactive for a long period while establishing a secure position.
      • ‘Jason was assigned as a guard for the queen while he was a sleeper agent.’
      • ‘A staple of the Cold War espionage novels that used to populate best-seller lists was the sleeper agent.’
      • ‘All Ashcroft ever did was look into if there were any terror sleeper cells.’
      • ‘The sleeper agents moved toward parliament as the Guru had instructed them.’
      • ‘The enemy within is still there, but today it is not communist sleepers that are the concern but the corrosive influence of big business.’
      • ‘Now that we have settled on a definition, let's look at how to uncover these sleepers.’
      • ‘Additionally, years of Soviet occupation left a host of sleeper agents experienced with the region, who still have files on many citizens.’
      • ‘The enemy's people are already in place in this country, sleeper agents waiting for the command to strike.’
      • ‘He was inserted as a sleeper agent five years ago.’
      • ‘He failed, but within a year he had infiltrated America with new teams of sleeper agents ready for one more big push.’
      • ‘Thousands of their agents and sleepers existed throughout South Vietnam's Government, armed forces, and security/intelligence organizations.’
      • ‘The Detroit case ended last summer with the convictions, hailed by the Bush administration, of three men who were accused of operating a sleeper terror cell that possessed plans for attacks around the world.’
      • ‘Since Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, took the helm in the Kremlin, Russian intelligence networks in central and western Europe have been rebuilt and secret service sleepers activated.’
      • ‘The network implants a large number of sleeper agents, free of past suspicious activity, giving the authorities no reason to keep an eye on them until only after they've received their cue to strike.’
      • ‘I've been told many sleeper agents use it regularly.’
  • 4British A railroad tie.

    • ‘Some days ago, Billy had been found prostrate between the steel sleepers of the railroad.’
    • ‘Bolts attaching rails to sleepers (US = ties) are marked with a vertical stripe of paint.’
    • ‘Black plastic between the sleepers and the soil will stop any leeching into the soil.’
    • ‘The concrete is poured between the sleepers and over and between the reinforcement.’
    • ‘Last week, 80 rivets were also removed from sleepers on a railroad located between the Ban Pa Rai and Ban Kong Sai Railway Stations in Muang District of Pattani.’
  • 5A stocky fish with mottled coloration that occurs widely in warm seas and fresh water.

    • ‘Yet most gobies and many sleepers in the world are marine.’
    • ‘There are some predatory sleeper gobies that get much bigger.’
    • ‘Mason has shown signs of the talent that has many calling him this year's rookie sleeper.’
    • ‘I'm kind of glad Kyle was such a sound sleeper.’
    • ‘Most fish species cannot tolerate such fluctuations, but some gobies and sleepers have adapted physiologically in ways that have enabled them to thrive.’
    • ‘They are commonly known as sleepers, or gudgeons in Australia and New Guinea, and in New Zealand they are called bullies.’
    • ‘I have a golden head sleeper and he is extremely territorial of his burrow.’
    • ‘A heavy, deep sleeper, she is.’

Pronunciation:

sleeper

/ˈslēpər/