MEANING: noun: Someone or something that lies dormant for a long time.

ETYMOLOGY: After the princess of a fairy tale who is cursed by a wicked fairy. The princess pricks her finger on a spindle and sleeps for 100 years until awakened by the kiss of a prince. Earliest documented use: 1729.

NOTES: In finance, a sleeping beauty is an asset, for example, a startup, that is an attractive target for takeover, but that has not yet been approached by someone. Also see Rip Van Winkle

SLEEPING BEATTY - Shh! Warren is napping

STEEPING BEAUTY - making tea from rose hips

BLEEPING BEAUTY - methinks the Lady needs to have her mouth washed out with soap