a short, light nap or doze.

verb (used without object), cat·napped, cat·nap·ping.

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for catnapping

Historical Examples of catnapping

  • 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



a short sleep or doze

verb -naps, -napping or -napped

(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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