all-night·​er ˈȯl-ˈnī-tər How to pronounce all-nighter (audio)
: something that lasts all night
specifically : an all-night study session

Examples of all-nighter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pulling all-nighters to assemble PowerPoint presentations. Rob Copeland, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 But even in the short term – for instance, in the all-nighters pulled by college students, corporate workers, or on-call doctors – loss of sleep takes its toll, researchers say, damaging DNA and preventing cell rejuvenation. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 Effects on health of an all-nighter Pulling an all-nighter can have several impacts on the body, both physically and mentally. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 11 Feb. 2024 The Toronto producer’s debut EP is a carnival of dancehall, garage, and jungle, an homage to her Caribbean upbringing and years of all-nighters at the rave. Pitchfork, 28 Sep. 2023 But first, the family of four endured something that would test any new relationship: a 15-hour all-nighter of a road trip back to New York. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 6 July 2023 Workloads like that can lead to pulling all-nighters. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2023 Clearly, those all-nighters paid off! Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 19 Mar. 2023 This meant many all-nighters spent working and then curling up under her cutting table to get a few hours of rest. Kaleigh Moore, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of all-nighter was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“All-nighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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