night owl

noun

: a person who keeps late hours at night

Example Sentences

a night owl whose spouse is more of an early bird
Recent Examples on the Web Jalen would try to be asleep by 9:30 p.m. on school nights, but Erica — the night owl looking for a playmate — would sometimes run into his room, flick on the flights, tear off his blankets and run them around the house. Dallas News, 7 Feb. 2022 Abandoning their telescopes, the night owl scientists huddled outside to watch. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 25 Mar. 2014 Vanessa Hill, a behavioral scientist and science communicator, says your early bird or night owl status is determined by your chronotype, the term for your natural tendency to be more awake or sleepier at different points of the day. Ellen O'brien, Outside Online, 16 Sep. 2022 This is determined by whether your tendency is to be an early riser or night owl. Alex Janin, WSJ, 25 May 2022 For night owl and four-time Grammy winner Brandon Paak Anderson (who performs as Anderson .Paak), those peak creative moments can occur between 3 and 9 a.m. Gregory Ellwood, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 Milwaukee is eight hours behind Athens, Game 6 starting at 4:00 a.m. local time and watched by night owl basketball fans, along with his supporters, friends and old acquaintances in Sepolia. Derek Gatopoulos And Theodora Tongas, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Someday perhaps, maybe even by the next French Open, if that great night owl of French tennis, Yannick Noah, has any say on the matter, those 3 a.m. jazz sets and the real Paris just might return. New York Times, 8 June 2021 The festival, which is now in its 15th year, usually lasts for 24 hours straight, for the sake of early risers and night owl artists. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, 23 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of night owl was in 1594

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“Night owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/night%20owl. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

night owl

noun
: a person who usually stays up late at night

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