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 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,, 23 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 21 Dec. 2019 There’s no better way to bring out your inner night owl. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, 15 Jan. 2020

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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 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of night owl

: a person who enjoys staying up late at night

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