cat·nap | \-ˌnap \

Definition of catnap 

: a very short light nap

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catnap intransitive verb

Examples of catnap in a Sentence

a catnap left me refreshed enough to face the rest of the day

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Bloom is an easy-going, mellow cat who has become the unofficial queen of catnaps. Peggy Calhoun, idahostatesman, "Ada County Pet of the Week: Bloom | Idaho Statesman," 26 May 2018 By the time Kimball arrived, his father had gone three nights without sleeping, save for catnaps in his truck. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Fire at family home still vivid for IndyCar's Charlie Kimball," 25 May 2018 Kitty will get a pet bed, personalized treats, and a fireplace for a catnap. Laurie Wilson,, "These hotels are the cat’s meow," 25 Apr. 2018 Aside from a great selection of plants, Oak Street Garden is also a haven for a few felines who can regularly be found curled up in the garden taking a mid-day catnap. Birmingham Magazine,, "Spruce up for spring at these Birmingham home and garden shops," 11 Apr. 2018 Indeed, the entire process had been an exercise in stamina; before publicly revealing the results that evening at T-Mobile Arena, McPhee sneaked in a catnap on the coaches’ room carpet using his dress shoe as a pillow. Alex Prewitt,, "Viva Las Vegas: The Golden Knights Have Become the Hottest Act in Hockey," 6 Feb. 2018 The 635-mile journey is difficult and exhausting; teammates exist on only 30-minute catnaps. CBS News, "Living Stronger: Rod Johnstone's passion keeps him sailing at 80," 5 Sep. 2017 Most workers took catnaps in an 18-wheeler’s sleeper cabin. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Female Fracker: A Rare Species in North Dakota," 25 Oct. 2017 His brother-in-law Madison Viray laughs with him before heading further from the stage for a quick catnap on the AstroTurf. Mallory Simon, CNN, "10 Las Vegas survivors and their six hours of hell," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of catnap

1823, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of catnap

: a short period of sleep : a brief nap


cat·nap | \ˈkat-ˌnap \

Kids Definition of catnap

: a very short light nap

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