眠る

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ねむ
Grade: S
kun’yomi
Alternative spelling 睡る
See also 眠り
See also 眠らせる

Etymology[edit]

Older form is ねぶる, from the same root with Old Japanese (nu) (whence 寝る (neru, to sleep; to lie down)), ultimately from Proto-Japonic *ná- (cf. 寝す (nasu, (honorific) to sleep)). Cognate with Northern Amami-Oshima ねぃぶりゅり (nɨburjuri), Okinawan にんじゅん (niɴdʑuɴ), Miyako にぅ゙ (niʋ) and Yonaguni にんどぅん (niɴduɴ).[1]

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眠る (intransitive, godan conjugation, hiragana ねむる, rōmaji nemuru)

  1. to sleep
  2. (figuratively) to die; to be buried

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese etymology : Query result (citing Martin S. E., The Japanese Language Through Time, 1987)