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

Definition of catnap

: a very short light nap

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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 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, "Choreographer Twyla Tharp on the differences between working with Billy Joel and Bob Dylan," 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, "15 cozy fall patio items you can get at a steal for Way Day 2020," 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, "How to strengthen your immunity during the coronavirus pandemic: Exercise, meditation, sleep and stress management," 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, "10 commandments for better sleep on World Sleep Day," 13 Mar. 2020 The 57-year-old, a cautious and pragmatic sailor, ducked below deck for a quick catnap. Gregory Thomas,, "One year alone at sea: Solo sailor returns to the Bay Area," 19 Oct. 2019 Two back-to-back custom chaises are the ideal spot for a quick catnap or afternoon read. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "This Media Room Is Perfect for Movie Nights," 14 Oct. 2019 But her favorite wild animal was the bobcat that wandered in and took a two-hour catnap in the yard. azcentral, "Couple downsizes but upgrades their Fountain Hills home with help of former Suns player. Take a look," 8 Aug. 2019 Start your morning there with a cappuccino, in full view of the rose bushes, then return after a spell on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore for a late lunch (and maybe a catnap in the sun). Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the Most Romantic Hotel in Paris," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of catnap

1823, in the meaning defined above

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6 Apr 2021

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“Catnap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of catnap

: a short period of sleep : a brief nap


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

Kids Definition of catnap

: a very short light nap

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