snore

1 of 2

verb

snored; snoring

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
snorer noun

snore

2 of 2

noun

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

Examples of snore in a Sentence

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Verb
Additionally, proper head and neck position during sleeping can improve breathing and reduce snoring. Sixteen Ramos, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2024 As our newborn snored in his car seat, my body tingled with anxiety. Clarissa Wei, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2024 Their spending growth for lighter fluid, laptop parts and snoring and sleep apnea aids all surpassed 300%. J.j. McCorvey, NBC News, 10 Mar. 2024 Everyone was tired from the traveling, the shooting, and the drinking, and when the lights went out, the snoring rattled the walls. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, 8 Feb. 2024 Getting up for frequent bathroom breaks, being interrupted by a partner, child or pet, sleeping restlessly, snoring or an uncomfortable environment can affect the quality of your sleep. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2024 Pet Peeves: People who chew with their mouths open, snoring, not saying please and thank you, and when people ask me the meaning of my tattoos. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 6 Sep. 2023 His fellow soldier was still loudly snoring nearby. Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The question hung in the cold air, punctuated by the sound of a snoring beagle. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024
Noun
Sasha’s sleepy dog Quincy even made a cameo on the album with his snores. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 27 Dec. 2023 After one of the women admitted her husband snores, the Bad Teacher star — who married Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden in 2015 — had a confession of her own. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 19 Dec. 2023 Advertisement The loudest snore recorded measured approximately 111.6 decibels, or the equivalent of a jet flying over your bed. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Dec. 2023 The other person pulls the covers off you at night, sleeps restlessly, snores, or talks in their sleep. Claudia Herwig, Glamour, 10 Nov. 2023 In fact, nearly everyone snores at some point, including babies and young children. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, 31 July 2023 The timer function served well during toddler nap sessions, and the non-looping ocean sound, in particular, effectively muffled their bed partner’s snores for better quality sleep. Kayla Blanton, Health, 19 July 2023 In fact, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, about 45% of adults snore occasionally, and another 25% snore on a regular basis. Sarah Fielding, Health.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Or more like a snore. Lorraine Alitelevision Critic, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Snore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snore. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

snore

verb
ˈsnō(ə)r,
ˈsnȯ(ə)r
: to breathe with a rough hoarse noise while sleeping
snore noun
snorer noun

Medical Definition

snore

1 of 2 intransitive verb
snored; snoring
: to breathe during sleep with a rough hoarse noise due to vibration of the soft palate

snore

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

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