Sleep

This lesson will help you define sleep, nap, lie-in, snooze, dream, nightmare, drop off, nod off, drowsy and forty winks.

(a) sleep  noun  a natural state in which your body and mind rests, especially for several hours at night

  • I was dancing until 4. Now I need to sleep.

(a) nap  noun  a short sleep during the day

  • If I sleep badly at night then I will have a nap in the afternoon.

(a) lie-in  noun  to stay in bed longer than you usually do in the morning

  • Sunday, no work, lie-in, hurrah!

(a) snooze  noun  a short, light sleep during the day

  • I often have a snooze after lunch on Sundays.

(a) dream  noun  nice events or images that happen in your head when you are sleeping

  • Last night I had a wonderful dream – Liverpool beat United in the final.

(a) nightmare  noun  bad events or images that happen in your head when you are sleeping

  • Last night I had a nightmare – United beat Liverpool in the final.

drop off  phrasal verb  to start to sleep

  • I was just dropping off when I heard a knock at the door.

nod off  phrasal verb  to go to sleep when you do not plan to

  • While I was reading on the sofa I nodded off.

drowsy  adjective  the feeling that you want to sleep

  • Reading always makes me feel drowsy, so I do it every evening.

(–) forty winks  plural noun  a short sleep during the day

  • I am so tired. I think that I will grab forty winks.

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