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verb (used without object), cat·napped, cat·nap·ping.
  1. to doze or sleep lightly.

Origin of catnap

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25; cat + nap1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for catnap

snooze, doze, sleep, siesta

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British Dictionary definitions for catnap


  1. a short sleep or doze
verb -naps, -napping or -napped
  1. (intr) to sleep or doze for a short time or intermittently
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Word Origin and History for catnap

also cat-nap, cat's nap, by 1823, from cat (n.) + nap (n.). A nap such as a cat takes. As a verb from 1859.

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