[snawr, snohr]

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
Related formssnor·er, nounout·snore, verb (used with object), out·snored, out·snor·ing.un·snor·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snore

Contemporary Examples of snore

Historical Examples of snore

  • Jim did not answer, and a snore seemed to indicate that he was slumbering.

  • Then she p'inted down the hatch and shut her eyes and purtended to snore.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The cry was quickly followed by the "snore" of a boat's fog-horn.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife

  • She had heard him snore rather louder than before far into the afternoon.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • I must say he does not snore but I believe it is because he is too crazy to sleep.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for snore



(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 Formssnorer, noun

Word Origin for snore

C14: of imitative origin; related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snorken; see snort
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Word Origin and History for snore

mid-15c., probably related to snort (v.) and both probably of imitative origin (cf. Dutch snorken, Middle High German snarchen, German schnarchen, Swedish snarka; see snout). Related: Snored; snoring.


mid-14c., "a snort;" c.1600, "act of snoring," of imitative origin; see snore (v.).

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Medicine definitions for snore




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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