small hours

plural noun

Definition of small hours

: the early morning hours

Examples of small hours in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most meteor showers are best after midnight, but this one is particularly elusive, peaking in the wee small hours just before dawn. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Don’t Miss This Week’s Meteor Shower—It’s Worth Setting an Alarm For," 4 May 2020 Some formulas can be premixed and stored in the fridge for up to 24 hours, which could save an exhausted mom from having to drowsily scoop powder in the small hours of the night. David Howard, New York Times, "How to Be a Supportive Partner During Pregnancy (and Beyond)," 13 Apr. 2020 There’s no dress code, no evening port briefings, and no early morning shore excursions because the bar is up and running until, as Frank Sinatra famously sang it, the wee small hours of the morning. Ellen Uzelac, chicagotribune.com, "Not your grandma’s vacation: River cruises turn to active travel and technology to recruit next generation of passengers," 26 Nov. 2019 Most belonged to poor farmers who had ridden into the city in the small hours, eager to give blood. The Economist, "The truth-teller of Henan Obituary: Shuping Wang died on September 21st," 10 Oct. 2019 Then the great plan came crashing down, with Bloomberg News reporting in the small hours of Thursday that Fiat had withdrawn its offer. latimes.com, "Here’s how the $37-billion Fiat Chrysler-Renault merger went into the ditch," 6 June 2019 By day's end everyone in Santiago do Iguape is tucked in—the imposing Paraguaçu River ensures abundance to the fishermen who brave its mighty waters in the wee small hours. Stephanie Foden, National Geographic, "This Brazilian region is an African treasure on the other side of the Atlantic," 18 Mar. 2019 To sip strong aromatic coffee from midnight to the small hours always brings something interesting to the page. Deborah Levy, The Cut, "The Cost of Living," 1 July 2018 To continue reading this story, TRY IT NOW Those days seemed far away in the wee small hours of Thursday morning. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Saldaña and Brockhouse engage in email spat over smuggling incident," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of small hours

1717, in the meaning defined above

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“Small hours.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/small%20hours. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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