Definition of "sleepwalking" [sleep•walk•ing]

  • The act or an instance of walking or performing another activity associated with wakefulness while asleep or in a sleeplike state. Also called noctambulism, somnambulism. (noun)

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Use "sleepwalking" in a sentence
  • "The word sleepwalking does well to be an oxymoron, a combining of two incompatibles, for to walk while you sleep is to go against nature."
  • "A study by Travelodge found a seven-fold increase in sleepwalking customers in the past year, to more than 400 cases — almost all of them men."
  • "The Jews of Budapest have been described as sleepwalking towards a terrible fate."