cat·​nap | \ ˈkat-ˌnap How to pronounce catnap (audio) \

Definition of catnap

: a very short light nap

Other Words from catnap

catnap intransitive verb

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Examples of catnap in a Sentence

a catnap left me refreshed enough to face the rest of the day
Recent Examples on the Web One innovative travel company, Mer Sea, has come up with an elegant solution that allows passengers to both take the chill out of the air and catnap comfortably. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 The real benefit, though, is being able to kick your feet up on a stump and lean back, turning the chair into a recliner and putting you in the perfect catnap position. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 23 May 2021 What's most remarkable about her catalog is how much is aimed toward audiences that think ballets are the perfect setting for a catnap. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 23 Mar. 2021 Slip into a mid-day autumn catnap and regret nothing, courtesy of this Allard Falls solid wood Adirondack chair. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2020 If that's not realistic, a 20-minute catnap during a lunch break or before dinner can help too. Lisa Drayer, CNN, 26 Mar. 2020 Generally, catnaps that are approximately 15 to 20 minutes are fine, experts say, and may reduce fatigue; boost creativity; increase alertness; jumpstart cognitive performance; and improve mood. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 13 Mar. 2020 The 57-year-old, a cautious and pragmatic sailor, ducked below deck for a quick catnap. Gregory Thomas,, 19 Oct. 2019 Two back-to-back custom chaises are the ideal spot for a quick catnap or afternoon read. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, 14 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of catnap

1823, in the meaning defined above

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cat·​nap | \ ˈkat-ˌnap How to pronounce catnap (audio) \

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: a very short light nap

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