verb (used without object), snoozed, snooz·ing.

to sleep; slumber; doze; nap.


a short sleep; nap.

Origin of snooze

First recorded in 1780–90; origin uncertain
Related formssnooz·er, nounsnooz·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snooze

Contemporary Examples of snooze

Historical Examples of snooze

  • The day's beginning to break but I think I'll take a Sunday morning snooze.

    The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters

    Charles Henry Lerrigo

  • Wal, younker, if you've no 'bjection you can lay down and snooze till morning.

    Two Boys in Wyoming

    Edward S. Ellis

  • Then they snooze for five hours and they're ready for another long stretch.

    Islands of Space

    John W Campbell

  • But there's no telling, it's the old game—Here goes for a snooze.

  • Then Berrie said, firmly: “Now you must take a snooze, you look tired.”

British Dictionary definitions for snooze



(intr) to take a brief light sleep


a nap
Derived Formssnoozer, nounsnoozy, adjective

Word Origin for snooze

C18: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for snooze

1789, cant word, of unknown origin, perhaps echoic of a snore. Related: Snoozed; snoozing. The noun meaning "a short nap" is from 1793. Snooze-alarm is from 1965.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper