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Borrowed from French somnambuliste, from Medieval Latin somnambulus (“sleepwalker”), from Latin somnus (“sleep”) + ambulō (“to walk”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): [sɒmˈnæmbjʊlɪst]
somnambulist (plural somnambulists)
- A person who walks about in their sleep; a sleepwalker.
- 1824, Sir Walter Scott, chapter 17, in St. Ronan's Well:
- The clergyman floundered a moment, as is usual with an absent man who is recovering the train of his ideas, or a somnambulist when he is suddenly awakened.
- 1899 February, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number M, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], →OCLC, part I, page 199:
- The slim one got up and walked straight at me - still knitting with downcast eyes - and only just as I began to think of getting out of her way, as you would for a somnambulist, stood still, and looked up.
- 1977, William Weaver (translator), Italo Calvino (author), The Castle of Crossed Destinies (first published 1969), part 2, chapter 5, 1969
- He must have promptly rejected an alternative explanation which would better fulfill the demands of verisimilitude (“My wife, poor thing, in her nervous condition, now is afflicted also with sleepwalking!”), seeing the laborious tasks to which the resumed somnambulist devotes herself: kneeling at the edge of a pit, she anoints the earth with murky philters (unless the implements she holds in her hand are to be interpreted actually as acetylene torches scattering sparks, to melt the lead seals of a coffin).
Borrowed from French somnambuliste, equivalent to somnambul + -ist.
somnambulist m (plural somnambuliști)
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