Definition of nocturnal
- a nocturnal journey
- nocturnal activities
- a nocturnal predator
- nocturnal insects, such as mosquitoes
he bought a new telescope so he could pursue his favorite nocturnal hobby of astronomy
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: active mainly during the night
: happening at night
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without deliberation, pause, or delay
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