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Strong's #3573 - νυστάζω

from a presumed derivative of (G3506)
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  1. to nod in sleep, to sleep
    1. to be overcome or oppressed with sleep
    2. to fall asleep, drop off to sleep
  2. to be negligent, careless
    1. of a thing i.e. to linger, delay
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 1811 ‑ דָּלַף (daw‑laf');  5123 ‑ נוּם (noom);  7290 ‑ רָדַם (raw‑dam');  8142 ‑ שֵׁנָא (shay‑naw', shay‑naw');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. - άξω LXX Isaiah 5:27 : aor. ἐνύσταξα Thphr. Char. 7.8, LXX 2 Kings 4:6, al.; ἐνύστασα Dionys.Com. 2.43, AP 12.135 (Ascl):

1. mostly pres., to be half asleep, doze, νυστάζοντα οὐδένα ἂν ἴδοις X. Cyr. 8.3.43; ὥσπερ οἱ νυστάζοντες ἐγειρόμενοι Pl. Ap. 31a; ὀφθαλμοὶ πλέοντες ὥσπερ τῶν νυσταζόντων Hp. Epid. 7.17; οὐχὶ νυστάζειν ἔτι ὥρα []στίν Ar. Av. 639, cf. Xenarch. 2.1, Com.Adesp. 185; νυστάζοντος δικαστοῦ Pl. R. 405c: metaph., ν. τε καὶ ἀπορεῖ Id. Ion 533a; τὸν νυστάζοντα καὶ ἀμαθῆ φύσει Id. Lg. 747b; ἔν τινι in a thing, Plu. 2.675b.

2. hang the head, ἐδάκρυσεν καὶ ἐνύστασε AP l.c. (Cf. Lith. snústi (stem snúd -) 'grow drowsy'.)

Thayer's Expanded Definition

νυστάζω; 1 aorist ἐνύσταξα; (ΝΥΩ, cf. νεύω, νευστάζω); the Sept. for נוּם;

1. properly, "to nod in sleep, to sleep (Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Xenophon, Plato, others); to be overcome or oppressed with sleep; to fall asleep, drop off to sleep," ((cf. Wycliffe) to nap it"): Matthew 25:5; the Sept. for נִרְדַּם, Psalm 75:7 ().

2. like the Latindormito (cf. our to be napping), tropical equivalent to: to be negligent, careless (Plato, Plutarch, others): of a thing equivalent to to linger, delay, 2 Peter 2:3.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament


(cf. νεύω ),

[in LXX for H5123, etc;]

to nod in sleep, fall asleep: Matthew 25:5. Metaph., of negligence or delay, ἡ ἀπώλεια αὐτῶν οὐ νυστάζει (cf. Psalms 121:4, Isaiah 5:27) : 2 Peter 2:3.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For the formation of this compound, which occurs in the NT only in Acts 18:3, but was used by medical writers as a term for physicians (Hobart, p. 239) cf. the common ὁμοπάτριος and ὁμομήτριος (e.g. P Fay 32.8 f., A.D. 131), and the courtesy title ὁμότιμος (τοῖς συγγενέσι) (e.g. P Tebt I. 254, c.B.C. 113).


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
ενυσταξαν ενύσταξαν ἐνύσταξαν ενύσταξε ενύσταξεν νυσταζει νυστάζει νυστάζεις νυστάζοντας νυστάζω νυστάξαι νυστάξει νυστάξη νυστάξουσιν enustaxan enystaxan enýstaxan nustazei nystazei nystázei
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