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[snawr, snohr] /snɔr, snoʊr/
verb (used without object), snored, snoring.
to breathe during sleep with hoarse or harsh sounds caused by the vibrating of the soft palate.
verb (used with object), snored, snoring.
to pass (time) in snoring or sleeping (usually followed by away or out):
to snore the day away.
the act, instance, or sound of snoring.
Slang. a person or thing that is dull and boring:
Eighth grade is such a snore.
Origin of snore
1300-50; Middle English snoren (v.); cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snorren
Related forms
snorer, noun
outsnore, verb (used with object), outsnored, outsnoring.
unsnoring, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Jim did not answer, and a snore seemed to indicate that he was slumbering.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • Then she p'inted down the hatch and shut her eyes and purtended to snore.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The cry was quickly followed by the "snore" of a boat's fog-horn.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day Charles W. Domville-Fife
  • She had heard him snore rather louder than before far into the afternoon.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • I must say he does not snore but I believe it is because he is too crazy to sleep.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • The Englishman collapsed on the doorstep, and began to snore.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
  • "God, I envy a man who can snore through a gas-mask," said Randolph.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
British Dictionary definitions for snore


(intransitive) to breathe through the mouth and nose while asleep with snorting sounds caused by vibrations of the soft palate
the act or sound of snoring
Derived Forms
snorer, noun
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin; related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snorken; see snort
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Word Origin and History for snore

mid-15c., probably related to snort (v.) and both probably of imitative origin (cf. Dutch snorken, Middle High German snarchen, German schnarchen, Swedish snarka; see snout). Related: Snored; snoring.


mid-14c., "a snort;" c.1600, "act of snoring," of imitative origin; see snore (v.).

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snore in Medicine

snore (snôr)
v. snored, snor·ing, snores
To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate. n.
The act or an instance of snoring.

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