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Definition of Sleeper


  1. One who sleeps; a slumberer; hence, a drone, or lazy person.
  2. That which lies dormant, as a law.
  3. A sleeping car.
  4. An animal that hibernates, as the bear.
  5. A large fresh-water gobioid fish (Eleotris dormatrix).
  6. A nurse shark. See under Nurse.
  7. Something lying in a reclining posture or position.
  8. One of the pieces of timber, stone, or iron, on or near the level of the ground, for the support of some superstructure, to steady framework, to keep in place the rails of a railway, etc.; a stringpiece.
  9. One of the joists, or roughly shaped timbers, laid directly upon the ground, to receive the flooring of the ground story.
  10. One of the knees which connect the transoms to the after timbers on the ship's quarter.
  11. The lowest, or bottom, tier of casks.

Sleeper Quotations

Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken. - Frank Herbert
Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.
Frank Herbert

I feel there's a power in theatre, but it's an indirect power. It's like the relationship of the sleeper to the unconscious. You discover things you can't afford to countenance in waking life. You can forget them, remember them a day later or not have any idea what they are about.
Tony Kushner

I'm a very good sleeper.
Helena Bonham Carter

Grief is a bad moon, a sleeper wave. It's like having an inner combatant, a saboteur who, at the slightest change in the sunlight, or at the first notes of a jingle for a dog food commercial, will flick the memory switch, bringing tears to your eyes.
Meghan O'Rourke

I'm a light sleeper. I've never been one of those people who can put their head down and suddenly everything disappears. Nighttime is the time I get most scared, anxious or worried. In those darker moments before waking or sleeping is when I feel most, I don't know, I can turn on myself, and my imagination can take me dark places.
Florence Welch
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Sleeper Translations

sleeper in French is wagon lit, dormant
sleeper in Italian is vagone letto
sleeper in Spanish is cochecama
sleeper in Swedish is sovvagn
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