snore

verb
\ ˈsnȯr How to pronounce snore (audio) \
snored; snoring

Definition of snore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to breathe during sleep with a rough hoarse noise due to vibration of the soft palate

transitive verb

: to spend (time) in snoring or sleeping

snore

noun

Definition of snore (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of snoring
2 : a noise of or as if of snoring

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Other Words from snore

Verb

snorer noun

Examples of snore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Family members said the girl snored in her sleep but was otherwise healthy. CBS News, "7-year-old South Carolina girl dies one minute into tonsil surgery, parents say," 26 Feb. 2020 Paisley Cogsdill snored in her sleep but was perfectly healthy, relatives said, according to WHNS. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "7-year-old girl dies during tonsillectomy," 25 Feb. 2020 Plus, spouses often pipe up with crucial information — a husband who’s snoring could have serious health implications, for example. Robin Erb, Bridge Magazine, And Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus moves Michigan doctor visits online, for good and bad," 12 Apr. 2020 Lastly, a good set of earplugs can make or break a camping trip, depending on the rest of your crew’s snoring habits. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Accessories that Make Camping More Comfortable," 26 Feb. 2020 Shortly after the lethal dose of the powerful sedative pentobarbital began, Gardner took three deep breaths and then began snoring. CBS News, "Texas executes John Gardner for fatally shooting wife in 2005," 15 Jan. 2020 Overtime, snoring should lessen as users adapt to new sleeping positions. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Motion Pillow Is a Smart Pillow Designed to Help You Stop Snoring by Adjusting Your Head Position During the Night," 3 Feb. 2020 In the basement of Dallas’ downtown library, deep sleepers who averted the cold winds outside snored. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Emergency shelter for homeless moves to Dallas public library basement," 5 Feb. 2020 Galifianakis lobbed disdainful questions at Cera and snored aloud at his answers. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, "How Netflix’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ movie got Keanu Reeves and Brie Larson in the hot seat," 20 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Almost half of adult men and one-quarter of women snore. Star Tribune, "Easy ways to ease into a good night's sleep," 9 Sep. 2020 As a result, the Giants have pumped some life and fun into a season that could have been a disastrous snore-fest. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Giants have 9 who ain’t afraid to swing the bat, and the numbers are shocking," 2 Sep. 2020 The result is heavy, ragged mouth breathing that produces a loud snore. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best anti-snoring device of 2020," 8 Aug. 2020 Hands are said to reach up from the bunk beneath you, in response to your telltale snores, and deftly extract your wallet. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Romance of the Night Train," 4 May 2020 If your baby snores routinely, he should be evaluated for signs of upper airway obstruction. Craig Canapari, New York Times, "How to Sleep Train Your Baby," 18 Apr. 2020 Competitors spelled easier words in the first round like simmer, infant and snore. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Hathaway Brown School student wins 2020 Cuyahoga County Spelling Bee presented by Saint Ignatius High School," 7 Mar. 2020 The noise-canceling system adapts to the environment, adjusting automatically to block out the snore monster in the middle seat. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "Upgrade Your Business Trip With These In-Flight Essentials," 21 Jan. 2020 As the lethal dose of pentobarbital took effect, Hall took a couple of deep breaths, then began snoring, each snore becoming less audible. CBS News, "White supremacist gang member apologizes "from the bottom of my heart" ahead of Texas execution," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of snore

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snore

Verb

Middle English snoren, fnoren; akin to Old English fnora sneezing, fnǣran to breathe heavily

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The first known use of snore was in the 15th century

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“Snore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snore. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for snore

snore

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to breathe noisily while sleeping

snore

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snore (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of snoring or the sound made when someone is snoring
US, informal : something that is dull and boring

snore

verb
\ ˈsnȯr How to pronounce snore (audio) \
snored; snoring

Kids Definition of snore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to breathe with a rough hoarse noise while sleeping

snore

noun

Kids Definition of snore (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or sound of breathing with a rough hoarse noise while sleeping
\ ˈsnō(ə)r, ˈsnȯ(ə)r How to pronounce snore (audio) \
snored; snoring

Medical Definition of snore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to breathe during sleep with a rough hoarse noise due to vibration of the soft palate

snore

noun

Medical Definition of snore (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of snoring
2 : a noise of snoring

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