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[snooz] /snuz/
verb (used without object), snoozed, snoozing.
to sleep; slumber; doze; nap.
a short sleep; nap.
Origin of snooze
First recorded in 1780-90; origin uncertain
Related forms
snoozer, noun
snoozy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for snooze
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  • The day's beginning to break but I think I'll take a Sunday morning snooze.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters Charles Henry Lerrigo
  • Wal, younker, if you've no 'bjection you can lay down and snooze till morning.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • Then they snooze for five hours and they're ready for another long stretch.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • But there's no telling, it's the old game—Here goes for a snooze.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • Then Berrie said, firmly: “Now you must take a snooze, you look tired.”

    The Forester's Daughter Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for snooze


(intransitive) to take a brief light sleep
a nap
Derived Forms
snoozer, noun
snoozy, adjective
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for snooze

1789, cant word, of unknown origin, perhaps echoic of a snore. Related: Snoozed; snoozing. The noun meaning "a short nap" is from 1793. Snooze-alarm is from 1965.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for snooze



  1. Nap or sleep: not comfortable enough to suit me for a snooze
  2. Something that induces sleep; a soporific event, person, etc: The concert was a snooze (1960s+)


To sleep; cop zs, sack out (1789+)

[origin unknown; perhaps echoic of a snore]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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