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night owl

[ nahyt oul ]

noun

, Informal.
  1. a person who often stays up late at night; nighthawk.


night owl

noun

  1. informal.
    a person who is or prefers to be up and about late at night


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Word History and Origins

Origin of night owl1

First recorded in 1585–95

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Idioms and Phrases

A person who habitually stays up late and is active at night, as in You can call her after midnight, for she's a night owl . This colloquial term, originally used in the late 1500s for an owl that is active at night, was transferred to nocturnal human beings in the mid-1800s.

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Example Sentences

Early risers or super-late night owls, be sure to check out the crescent moon over Mercury before dawn in the east.

Students who are night owls or take evening classes should make sure the academic planner they like covers the full spectrum of their class schedule and study time.

Gabe, 25, a night owl, had just pulled salmon from the oven, while 15-year-old Chani was fresh out of the shower.

If you’re a night owl and you partner up with a lark, how you sleep together might be a source of conflict if you stay wed to the idea that you must go to bed and wake-up at the same time as each other.

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From a tree near the forest Tess could hear the screech of a night-owl die away in smothered laughter.

It was some one mimicking a night-owl, and doing it very badly, as the boy's true ear detected at once.

Shall we rouse the night-owl in a catch, that will draw three souls out of one weaver?

So fill the glasses, once more, from the wassail-bowl, and let us "rouse the night-owl" in another "catch!"

The lights were low, and Clem, a night-owl, fixed him in a chair near the door.

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