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snooze Line breaks: snooze

Definition of snooze in English:


1A short, light sleep, especially during the day: he settled in the grass for a snooze
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  • The light snooze was interrupted by a huge thump on the car.
  • Plus I find when I wake up after a short snooze I'm usually in a bad mood.
  • All wrongs in the world can be fixed by an afternoon snooze - I went to sleep and woke up thinking that England had been knocked out of the world cup by Wales in the semi final.
informal forty winks, a bit of shut-eye
British informal kip, zizz
literary slumber
2North American Something boring or tedious.
Example sentences
  • If the exciting weekend at the beach turned out to be a total snooze, thank your hosts for inviting you for some rest and relaxation in such a beautiful corner of the world or for the opportunity to get some unpolluted air into your lungs.
  • Some really super film-makers can get away with that, if what they have to offer is sufficiently compelling, but his repeated use of the same actors and the same story elements is getting to be a snooze.
  • It was a pleasantly sung song, if a bit of a snooze.


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Have a short, light sleep: the children play beach games while the adults snooze in the sun
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  • And the garden fell silent for a while, with an old grey poet and his cat snoozing softly in the sun.
  • As the rest of the family snoozed in a post-dinner stupor, I sneaked into the front parlour and helped myself to another glass.
  • One of my cats had obviously been snoozing at the edge of my bed without me noticing.
sleep, be asleep, doze, rest, take a siesta, nap, take a nap, catnap, drowse;
informal snatch forty winks, get some shut-eye, be in the land of Nod
British informal kip, have a kip, get one's head down, zizz, get some zizz, doss (down)
North American informal catch some Zs
literary be in the arms of Morpheus, slumber


Late 18th century: of unknown origin.



Example sentences
  • The rest alternated between pinching each other, aesthetically arranging their bags and throwing science pamphlets at the snug snoozers.
  • Last thing I remember, as the warmth of my fellow snoozers crept through the duvet, was the wish that Graham had remembered that hot water bottle.
  • I think this is outrageous and think all snoozers should unite.


adjective (snoozier, snooziest)
Example sentences
  • My suite is a tasteful creation with wooden louvres and adobe walls, plus seductive lounges that offer equally snoozy lagoon vistas.
  • A cobalt blue sea buffers snoozy Norfolk Island against the tumultuous world beyond it.
  • Little more than a village a century ago, Palm Springs is proud of its snoozy, sun-baked reputation.

Words that rhyme with snooze

abuse, accuse, adieux, amuse, bemuse, billets-doux, blues, booze, bruise, choose, Clews, confuse, contuse, cruise, cruse, Cruz, diffuse, do's, Druze, effuse, enthuse, excuse, fuse (US fuze), Hughes, incuse, interfuse, lose, Mahfouz, mews, misuse, muse, news, ooze, Ouse, perfuse, peruse, rhythm-and-blues, ruse, schmooze, suffuse, Toulouse, transfuse, trews, use, Vaduz, Veracruz, who's, whose, youse

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