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[stur-ter-uh s] /ˈstɜr tər əs/
characterized by stertor or heavy snoring.
breathing in this manner.
Origin of stertorous
First recorded in 1795-1805; stertor + -ous
Related forms
stertorously, adverb
stertorousness, noun
poststertorous, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stertorous
Historical Examples
  • There was something ominous about the spasmodic and stertorous breathing.

  • With that enigmatical comment he was silent save for stertorous breathing.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • He seemed in a profound stupor, but there was no stertorous breathing.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The only sound was the stertorous breathing of the unconscious guard.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • Anne shook him, but he did not awake, his breathing being slow and stertorous.

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy
  • There was no sound now but of Markart's stertorous breathing.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • The only evidence of life about him was the sound of stertorous breathing.

  • Eugene could scarcely stand the sickening, stertorous breathing.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
  • But in a moment the silence was broken by a deep, stertorous rattle.

    Ghetto Tragedies Israel Zangwill
  • But there was none of the stertorous breathing that preceded trance.

    Sight Unseen Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for stertorous


marked or accompanied by heavy snoring
breathing in this way
Derived Forms
stertorously, adverb
stertorousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stertorous

1802, from Modern Latin stertor (from Latin stertere "to snore") + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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