American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chronic inability to fall asleep or remain asleep for an adequate length of time.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Sleeplessness; inability to sleep, especially when chronic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Lack of sleep; inability to sleep, especially when chronic; wakefulness; sleeplessness.
- n. an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness
- From Latin in- + somnus + -ia (Wiktionary)
- Latin īnsomnia, from īnsomnis, sleepless : in-, not; see in-1 + somnus, sleep; see swep- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“(I guess this insomnia is partly due to sleeping so much during the day.)”
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