- n.A person who eats while asleep. Also: sleep eater, sleepeater.— sleep-eat v.— sleep-eating pp.Example Citations:I am a sleep-eater.It has happened only a few times, and I'm not sure if it's connected to Ambien. It started last year when a jumbo pack of Oreos mysteriously went missing in my kitchen. I came down one morning to find the plastic sliced open and all the cookies gone.— Maureen Dowd, "Valley of the Rolls," The New York Times, March 18, 2006I stood up then and said, "My name is Gary and I may have eaten too much but I am not an abusive parent." Of course they accused me of being in denial, but I'm not. I'm a recovering sleep eater, and if you are too, I look forward to meeting you on my book tour. It's called "A Bed Full of Bread Crumbs," and I trace my sleep eating to the sinus problem, which was aggravated by the three years I spent in prison for dangling my son from a hotel balcony. (I was asleep at the time.) That's in the book too.— Garrison Keillor, "The next book tour: The things you eat when you're asleep!," Tulsa World, February 15, 2006Earliest Citation:[We] have had separate bedrooms for many years and we love it. She is a night owl, and I am an early-to-bedder. She snores, I sleep lightly. Besides, she is a sleep-eater. One time she woke up with a container of cheese spread next to her bed with a hunting knife sticking out of it.— Laura Kavesh and Cheryl Lavin, "Coping with your sleepmate, whether near or far," Chicago Tribune, June 21, 1989Related Words: Categories:
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