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 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 The officer, who said both were snoring, tried to wake up the cuddling couple. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Drunk Garfield man has trouble with alphabet: Seven Hills Police Blotter," 17 July 2019 The etiquette book doesn’t say what to do with monarchs who are snoring on your couch. The Economist, "The Economist has seen leaks from the US ambassador in London," 11 July 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 The animal, sprawled on her right side, began snoring loudly. David Quammen, National Geographic, "How one of Africa’s great parks is rebounding from war," 12 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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 Meanwhile, a German shepherd snores loudly in the background, which is hilarious; this the loudest and liveliest the monastery gets all day, and the dog is passed out. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "Cloistered nuns in Rockford break with tradition to film 'Chosen' documentary," 23 May 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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23 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for snore

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

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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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