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catnap

[ kat-nap ]
/ ˈkætˌnæp /
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noun
a short, light nap or doze.
verb (used without object), cat·napped, cat·nap·ping.
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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How to use catnap in a sentence

  • 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 catnap

catnap
/ (ˈkætˌnæp) /

noun
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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