What does sleeper mean?

Definitions for sleeper
ˈsli pərsleep·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sleeper.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sleeper, slumberernoun

    a rester who is sleeping

  2. sleepernoun

    a spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal

  3. sleepernoun

    an unexpected achiever of success

    "the winner was a true sleeper--no one expected him to get it"

  4. tie, railroad tie, crosstie, sleepernoun

    one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track

    "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper"

  5. sleeping car, sleeper, wagon-litnoun

    a passenger car that has berths for sleeping

  6. sleepernoun

    pajamas with feet; worn by children

  7. sleepernoun

    a piece of furniture that can be opened up into a bed

  8. sleeper, sleeper gobynoun

    tropical fish that resembles a goby and rests quietly on the bottom in shallow water

  9. sleepernoun

    an unexpected hit

    "that movie was the sleeper of the summer"


  1. sleepernoun

    Someone who sleeps.

  2. sleepernoun

    A saboteur or terrorist who lives unobtrusively in a community until activated by a prearranged signal; may be part of a sleeper cell.

  3. sleepernoun

    A railroad sleeping car.

    We spent a night on an uncomfortable sleeper between Athens and Vienna.

  4. sleepernoun

    A railroad tie.

  5. sleepernoun

    A structural beam in a floor running perpendicular to both the joists beneath and floorboards above.

  6. sleepernoun

    A heavy floor timber in a ship's bottom.

  7. sleepernoun

    Something that achieves unexpected success after an interval of time.

    A box-office bomb when it first came out, the film was a sleeper, becoming much more popular decades after being released.

  8. sleepernoun

    A goby-like bottom-feeding freshwater fish of the family Odontobutidae. Also "sleeper goby."

  9. sleepernoun

    A type of pajama for a person, especially a child, that covers its whole body, including their feet.

    Aaron, Devin, and Laura looked so comfy in their sleepers.

  10. sleepernoun

    An automobile which, not too quick out of the factory has been internally modified to excess, while retaining a mostly stock appearance in order to fool opponents in a drag race.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sleepernoun

    Etymology: from sleep.

    Sound musick; come my queen, take hand with me,
    And rock the ground whereon these sleepers be. William Shakespeare.

    What’s the business,
    That such an hideous trumpet calls to parley
    The sleepers of the house? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    In some countries, a plant which shutteth in the night, openeth in the morning, and openeth wide at noon; the inhabitants say is a plant that sleepeth. There be sleepers enow then; for almost all flowers do the like. Francis Bacon.

    Night is indeed the province of his reign;
    Yet all his dark exploits no more contain
    Than a spy taken, and a sleeper slain. Dryden.

    He must be no great eater, drinker, nor sleeper, that will discipline his senses, and exert his mind: every worthy undertaking requires both. Nehemiah Grew.

    Let penal laws, if they have been sleepers of long, or if grown unfit for the present time, be by wise judges confined in the execution. Francis Bacon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sleepernoun

    one who sleeps; a slumberer; hence, a drone, or lazy person

  2. Sleepernoun

    that which lies dormant, as a law

  3. Sleepernoun

    a sleeping car

  4. Sleepernoun

    an animal that hibernates, as the bear

  5. Sleepernoun

    a large fresh-water gobioid fish (Eleotris dormatrix)

  6. Sleepernoun

    a nurse shark. See under Nurse

  7. Sleepernoun

    something lying in a reclining posture or position

  8. Sleepernoun

    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. Sleepernoun

    one of the joists, or roughly shaped timbers, laid directly upon the ground, to receive the flooring of the ground story

  10. Sleepernoun

    one of the knees which connect the transoms to the after timbers on the ship's quarter

  11. Sleepernoun

    the lowest, or bottom, tier of casks

  12. Etymology: [Cf. Norw. sleip a sleeper (a timber), as adj., slippery, smooth. See Slape.]


  1. Sleeper

    Sleeper were a British Britpop band in the 1990s fronted by Louise Wener. The band had eight UK Top 40 hit singles and three UK Top 10 albums. Their music was also featured in the soundtrack of Trainspotting.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleeper in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleeper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sleeper in a Sentence

  1. Peter Earnest:

    They were meant to be sleepers, typically an illegal sent to another country is a sleeper. He or she is available to handle a very sensitive asset, or in the case of wartime, or some sort of confrontation, be available.

  2. Rand Paul:

    The race was a bit of a sleeper.

  3. Jessamyn West:

    A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper to love has roused him in vain.

  4. Greek Proverb:

    The net of the sleeper catches fish.

  5. Michelle Garrison:

    It can lead to labeling their child as a ` bad sleeper ’ – and going forward, it could harm the development of independent sleep habits if the child internalizes the belief or if the parent’s belief results in reduced opportunities for the child to learn and practice healthy sleep habits.

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    • A. contagious
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