[ snawr, snohr ]
/ snɔr, snoʊr /

verb (used without object), snored, snor·ing.

to breathe during sleep with hoarse or harsh sounds caused by the vibrating of the soft palate.

verb (used with object), snored, snor·ing.

to pass (time) in snoring or sleeping (usually followed by away or out): to snore the day away.


the act, instance, or sound of snoring.
Slang. a person or thing that is dull and boring: Eighth grade is such a snore.

Origin of snore

1300–50; Middle English snoren (v.); cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snorren


snorer, nounoutsnore, verb (used with object), out·snored, out·snor·ing.un·snor·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for snore

/ (snɔː) /


(intr) to breathe through the mouth and nose while asleep with snorting sounds caused by vibrations of the soft palate


the act or sound of snoring

Derived forms of snore

snorer, noun

Word Origin for snore

C14: of imitative origin; related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snorken; see snort
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Medical definitions for snore

[ snôr ]


To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate.


The act or an instance of snoring.
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