somnambulist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n somnambulist someone who walks about in their sleep
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Somnambulist A person who is subject to somnambulism; one who walks in his sleep; a sleepwalker; a noctambulist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n somnambulist One who is subject to somnambulism; a person who walks in his sleep.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Somnambulist a sleep-walker
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Quotations

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    “A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. somnus, sleep, ambulāre, -ātum, to walk.

Usage

In literature:

The somnambulist then, half waking in trance, is disposed to rise and move about.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
He was violently excited and became somnambulistic.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Somnambulistic negroes took their orders at the lunch-counter.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
The somnambulist had walked on earth for the last time.
"The Somnambulist and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
He perceived that he was in presence of a somnambulist.
"Weird Tales. Vol. I" by E. T. A. Hoffmann
By a singular chance, I was one day led into the midst of the somnambulists.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
Over what highways of sea or sky, the living Word, which Ormuzd spoke, reached them, there has been no somnambulist of history to divine.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
The somnambulistic young man shut one eye, and inclined his ear toward her without turning his head.
"Stories of the Foot-hills" by Margaret Collier Graham
So that probably his somnambulistic love-affair ended satisfactorily enough.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
The secretary entered the drawing-room with the unembarrassed step of a somnambulist.
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
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In poetry:

To some somnambulists
of adolescent thighs
draped
in satirical draperies
"Lunar Baedeker" by Mina Loy
We were awakened in the dark by
the somnambulist brook
nearing the sea,
still dreaming audibly.
"A Summer’s Dream" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Brute Heart's somnambulist blues.
I think I must have gone to the somnambulist caucus.
Somnambulist (Instant Pleasure / Psychic Handshake Records) 2.
In 1970, the young Ralph Gibson published The Somnambulist, a book of shadowy photographs that told a strange tale of nightwalking.
Weeks on the road result in a somnambulistic breakdown, and he has to make a few life choices.
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