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 snoozy

Historical Examples of snoozy

  • “Well, this scooting through the air—hot air too—makes one snoozy,” explained Fullerton, uttering a cavernous yawn.

  • The crew was in the forecastlea lolling, snoozy lot, now desperately yawning for lack of diversion.

British Dictionary definitions for snoozy



(intr) to take a brief light sleep


a nap
Derived Formssnoozer, nounsnoozy, adjective

Word Origin for snooze

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for snoozy



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.

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