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  1. a short, light nap or doze.
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verb (used without object), cat·napped, cat·nap·ping.
  1. to doze or sleep lightly.
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Origin of catnap

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25; cat + nap1
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Related Words

relax, snooze, doze, languish, nod, catnap, rest, sleep, rack, drowse, hibernate, crash, oversleep, slumber, bunk, repose, flop, retire, yawn, nap

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Historical Examples

  • It wasn't deep, but it had cost him blood and pain and the few minutes of catnapping he might have snatched.

    Duel on Syrtis

    Poul William Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for catnapping


  1. a short sleep or doze
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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 catnapping



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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