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

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Yankee night owls, rejoice—this phenomenon will be visible worldwide. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Month," 2 July 2018 When the biological clock turns kids into night owls and day sleepers. Eva Dwight, USA TODAY, "How do you get teens out of bed during the summer without fighting?," 25 June 2018 Other wild animals normally active during the day have become night owls on the outskirts of cities. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 The camp is home to a number of resident night owls who perch on nearby trees. Allie Almario, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to the Galápagos Islands," 5 Oct. 2016 Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images A night owl, Mr. Musk often fires off emails at odd hours. Susan Pulliam, WSJ, "Elon Musk Races to Exit Tesla’s ‘Production Hell’," 27 June 2018 And a number of other species may not be able to cope with a night owl’s lifestyle. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Fear of Humans Is Forcing Daytime Animals Into Night Mode," 14 June 2018 With his seven-piece band the Night Sweats, Rateliff has developed a super-soulful brand of Sunday morning music for Saturday night owls. James Sullivan,, "Soul survivor Nathaniel Rateliff’s big break was a long time coming," 6 June 2018 On average, the team found that human presence triggered an increase of about 20 percent in nighttime activity, even in animals that aren’t night owls. Washington Post, "Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people," 15 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of night owl

: a person who enjoys staying up late at night

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