half-asleep

asleep

[uh-sleep]
adverb
1.
in or into a state of sleep: He fell asleep quickly.
2.
into a dormant or inactive state; to rest: Their anxieties were put asleep.
3.
into the state of death.
adjective
4.
sleeping: He is asleep.
5.
dormant; inactive.
6.
(of the foot, hand, leg, etc.) numb.
7.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English o slæpe, aslepe, Old English on slǣpe; see a-1, sleep

half-asleep, adjective
quasi-asleep, adjective, adverb
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asleep (əˈsliːp)
 
adj
1.  in or into a state of sleep
2.  in or into a dormant or inactive state
3.  (of limbs, esp when the blood supply to them has been restricted) numb; lacking sensation
4.  euphemistic dead

half-asleep
 
adj
neither fully asleep nor awake

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asleep
mid-12c., from O.E. on slæpe. The parallel form on sleep continued until c.1550. Of limbs, from late 14c.
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asleep a·sleep (ə-slēp')
adj.

  1. In a state of sleep; sleeping.

  2. Numb, as of a limb.

  3. Dead.

adv.
  1. In or into a state of sleep.

  2. In or into a state of apathy or indifference.

  3. Into the sleep of the dead.

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