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 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 Within moments of stepping into the office, Oscar has settled himself into a sofa and begun snoring quietly. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything in this Pattern-Happy Home Office Has a Hidden Meaning," 12 July 2019 During their famous balcony scene, dad is there too, snoring on a deck chair. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Review: This inconsistent ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Chicago Shakespeare is more for fighters than for lovers," 10 Nov. 2019 Less invasive tactics include forgoing afternoon lattes and banishing frisky dogs and cats, pinging cellphones, and snoring partners from the bedroom. BostonGlobe.com, "“Our lifestyle is disrupting our sleep,” said Dr. Sanford Auerbach, director of Boston Medical Center’s sleep disorders center. “For older people, sleep is more fragile.”," 1 Nov. 2019 For example, if a person is not breathing well during sleep (snoring or sleep apnea), this will disturb the normal sequences and cause the individual to awaken feeling unrestored. Steven Bender, Houston Chronicle, "Does hitting the snooze button really help you feel better?," 6 June 2019 Fresh off a red-eye from California, Gray fell asleep the moment the lights went down and snored in Radford’s ear all through the screening. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "James Gray’s Journey from the Outer Boroughs to Outer Space," 9 Sep. 2019 The classic symptoms of sleep apnea may include snoring, having a large neck circumference, obesity and waking up tired. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "Middleburg Heights store offers options for sleep apnea sufferers," 30 Aug. 2019 Bones, 39, told PEOPLE as his new English bulldog puppy Stanley snored contentedly by his side. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, "Bobby Bones Opens Up About His Political Aspirations: 'I Think I'll Do It' ... Eventually," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 But for those in Boston and beyond who were bracing for flooded basements and nights by candlelight, the first nor’easter of the season was kind of a snore. BostonGlobe.com, "An underwhelming nor’easter largely spares Boston region - The Boston Globe," 12 Oct. 2019 Not the nitty-gritty of who snores and who loads the dishwasher wrong, but the vast cosmic business, like who has apparently lost all semblance of respect for who’s lifelong wedded partner. Washington Post, "Kellyanne and George Conway’s tawdry love triangle with all of us," 10 Oct. 2019 How did the first craftsman know where to lodge the quiet snore of gears? Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Arts Prize mid-career winner Mary Biddinger writes wry poems and champions U. Akron press," 19 Sep. 2019 The fourth snore was noticeably less pronounced, and then all movement stopped. Michael Graczyk, The Seattle Times, "Man who killed newlywed during robbery executed in Texas," 11 Dec. 2018 His breaths then became snores and about a minute after the procedure began, all movement stopped. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 His breaths then became snores and about a minute after the procedure began, all movement stopped. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 His breaths then became snores and about a minute after the procedure began, all movement stopped. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Snore.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snore. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for snore

snore

verb
How to pronounce snore (audio)

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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