night owl


Definition of night owl

: a person who keeps late hours at night

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Examples of night owl in a Sentence

a night owl whose spouse is more of an early bird
Recent Examples on the Web Additional task lighting, such as a floor or desk lamp, gives night owls plenty of illumination to read a book without disturbing anyone else. oregonlive, "Sleeping too little or too much during the coronavirus crisis? It’s time for a sleep ritual and restful bedroom," 10 Apr. 2020 To a diehard night owl like me, this is delicious freedom, a sort of personal protest against the rigidity of the obnoxious workday alarm. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "If you're not sticking to a regular sleep schedule, you're hurting your health, study says," 2 Mar. 2020 The scientific term for the unique circadian rhythm that makes us either a morning person or a night owl is a chronotype. Elizabeth Grace Saunders, New York Times, "How Morning and Afternoon People Can Get Along at Work," 8 Mar. 2020 In fact, this president is a night owl who spent much of his adult life partying his way on to Page Six, surrounded by movie stars, pornographic actresses and models. Shawn Mccreesh, New York Times, "Donald Trump Has Drained the Swamp (of Good Christmas Parties)," 21 Dec. 2019 There’s no better way to bring out your inner night owl. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "Shop All the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Skin-Care Nominees," 15 Jan. 2020 Brace yourselves, night owls: The Oscar nominations are usually notoriously early in the morning, and this year will be no different. Lauren Huff,, "How to watch the 2020 Oscar nominations," 9 Jan. 2020 And the November Project is not for everyone: Some people don’t like to run, or can’t, and some people are night owls. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The boutique fitness industry’s mission to monetize community," 1 Jan. 2020 Michelle Pemberton More from Michelle: My search for Indianapolis' oldest dog was a journey of happy tails and heartbreak A city's late-night charm There are some perks in being a night owl. Indianapolis Star, "A day in the life of Indianapolis: 24 hours through the eyes of IndyStar visual journalists," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of night owl

1594, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of night owl was in 1594

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“Night owl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of night owl

informal : a person who enjoys staying up late at night

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