Definition of sleepwalk in US English:



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  • Walk around and sometimes perform other actions while asleep.

    • ‘Again from Almodóvar: ‘In the opening scene, you see these women who are walking around blind and sleepwalking.’’
    • ‘I don't think a person who is sleepwalking can do tricks on a snowboard like those.’
    • ‘Some people sleepwalk when they're stressed.’
    • ‘Apparently the guy had just sleepwalked ALL the way from his room, SAT down, and fell promptly ASLEEP on the bag of bread.’
    • ‘That was more than a bad dream and I have never sleepwalked in my life.’
    • ‘If your child sleepwalks for a long time, talk to your doctor.’
    • ‘He claimed he had sleepwalked in the past, particularly when he had been drinking as he had in the hours before the alleged rapes.’
    • ‘However, what if I had sleepwalked and took it from Palestrike's chamber?’
    • ‘Have you ever sleepwalked? No, not that i know of.’
    • ‘I'd never sleepwalked before, and highly doubted that I did now.’
    • ‘Deciding that if asked, I could blame my night walk on sleepwalking, I shrugged and strode purposely towards the building.’
    • ‘Then she remembered Del sleepwalked with alarming regularity and shrugged it off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He told police that he could not remember having sex with the woman, but that he had sleepwalked in the past when very drunk.’
    • ‘I sleepwalked around the house in my pajamas, barely talking to my parents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    somnambulism, noctambulism
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  • An instance of walking around while asleep.

    • ‘At first the route was a struggle, but it quickly came to resemble a sleepwalk.’