\ ˈsnüz How to pronounce snooze (audio) \
snoozed; snoozing

Definition of snooze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to take a nap : doze



Definition of snooze (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : nap
2 : something boring or uninspiring

Synonyms for snooze

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of snooze in a Sentence

Verb snoozed through those long winter nights under a thick down comforter she was just snoozing when she heard the knock at the door Noun took a snooze after lunch to refresh himself man, that novel is a snooze—there's not one interesting character in it
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb American teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep these days, and author Lisa L. Lewis refuses to snooze on the issue anymore. Matt Villano, CNN, 7 June 2022 Its sleep mode dials down the sound, helping you to snooze uninterrupted, and its timer is handy for saving on energy and costs. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, 4 June 2022 There's nothing quite as cozy as the feeling of laying down on a memory foam pillow that perfectly envelopes your head as you snooze. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 May 2022 While passengers snooze on predawn flights to Kuwait, pilots watch gas flares illuminate the desert. Jen Rose Smith, Washington Post, 19 May 2022 Thanks to the incredible array of California glamping destinations, sleeping under the stars no longer means attempting to snooze on the ground while rocks dig into your back. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2022 Darkening Blackout Curtains Keep the sun out and snooze longer with these room-darkening blackout curtains. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Mar. 2022 The lightweight lyocell set features a grid weave that allows air to escape as you snooze. Sarah Hagman, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2022 Designed to keep you cool while you snooze, this Bedsure bed sheet set is made of viscose from bamboo. Isabel Garcia,, 13 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sentinel camera prevents me from attempting to snooze; closing my eyes for a couple of seconds produces angry beeps and the immediate start of the hand-back sequence. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 12 May 2022 The first picture shows Whiskey — who appears to be a Savannah cat — yawning while relaxing in a cat tree, seemingly ready to take a long afternoon snooze. Olivia Jakiel,, 28 Feb. 2022 The opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival is generally, not to put too fine a point on it, a snooze. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 18 May 2022 If the earbuds can prove themselves as snooze detectors, patients who ordinarily get dispatched to a sleep clinic might be spared the trip, says Richa Gujarati, NextSense’s head of product and strategy. Steven Levy, Wired, 14 Apr. 2022 Russian River guests get to snooze in a luxury tent, classic Airstream, or miniature Happier Camper, ride around on complimentary Linus bicycles, and suds it up with Ursa Major bath products (there are communal bathrooms in the clubhouse). Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2022 What used to be arguably the best part of any awards show is now a total snooze. NBC News, 28 Mar. 2022 Her willingness to go for it almost makes quiet minimalism look like a total snooze! Christian Allaire, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 Yes, the plump mammals that can weigh more than the amount of trash picked up in a week from three blocks of a San Francisco neighborhood are back to snooze, birth pups and sunbathe on the coast. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of snooze


1785, in the meaning defined above


1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snooze


origin unknown

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“Snooze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for snooze


\ ˈsnüz How to pronounce snooze (audio) \
snoozed; snoozing

Kids Definition of snooze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to take a nap



Kids Definition of snooze (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short sleep : nap

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