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stertorous

[stur-ter-uh s] /ˈstɜr tər əs/
adjective
1.
characterized by stertor or heavy snoring.
2.
breathing in this manner.
Origin of stertorous
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; stertor + -ous
Related forms
stertorously, adverb
stertorousness, noun
poststertorous, adjective
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  • 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

stertorous

/ˈstɜːtərəs/
adjective
1.
marked or accompanied by heavy snoring
2.
breathing in this way
Derived Forms
stertorously, adverb
stertorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stertorous
adj.

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

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