snore

[ 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.

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. snootful,
  2. snooty,
  3. snooze,
  4. snoozefest,
  5. snoqualmie falls,
  6. snoring,
  7. snorkel,
  8. snorkeling,
  9. snorri sturluson,
  10. snort

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

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British Dictionary definitions for snore

snore

/ (snɔː) /

verb

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

noun

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
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Medicine definitions for snore

snore

[ snôr ]

v.

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

n.

The act or an instance of snoring.

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