- to breathe during sleep with hoarse or harsh sounds caused by the vibrating of the soft palate.
- 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
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- (intr) 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
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-14c., "a snort;" c.1600, "act of snoring," of imitative origin; see snore (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate.
- The act or an instance of snoring.
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