Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate.
  • n. The act or an instance of snoring.
  • n. The noise so produced.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate.
  • n. The act of snoring, and the noise produced.
  • n. An extremely boring person or event.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A harsh nasal noise made in sleep.
  • intransitive v. To breathe with a rough, hoarse, nasal voice in sleep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To breathe with a rough, hoarse noise in sleep; breathe noisily through the nose and open mouth while sleeping.
  • To spend in snoring, or otherwise affect by snoring, the particular effect or influence being defined by a word or words following.
  • n. A breathing with a harsh noise through the nose and mouth in sleep; especially, a single respiration of this kind. See snore, v. i.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the rattling noise produced when snoring
  • n. the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound
  • v. breathe noisily during one's sleep

Etymologies

Middle English snoren, to snort, from fnoren, from Old English fnora, sneezing; see pneu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Middle English snoren, akin to Middle Low German snorren 'to drone' (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Madam raised her voice in saying this, and nodded significantly; but a mild snore from the other room seemed to assure her that it was a waste of shot to fire in that direction.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl

  • Depending on the age, as many as 12 percent of children may snore, which isn't necessarily a concern.

    Why Sleep Matters

  • She says that I make more noise than an aeroplane when I snore, which is not true.

    Tears Of The Giraffe

  • His snore was a medley of snuffing and snorting, with an abortive demi-semi aristocratic sort of a sneeze; while to add to the effect of this three-stringed inspiration there was in each aspiration a tremulous and swooning neigh.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 28, July, 1873

  • If it shall interest the general reader, and call snore attention to the welfare of seamen, or give any information as to their real condition which may serve to raise them in the rank of beings, and to promote in any measure their religous and moral improvement, and diminish the hardships of their daily life, the end of its publication will be answered.

    Two years before the mast, and twenty-four years after: a personal narrative

  • His speech was followed by an uproar of applause, as its patriotism and self-devotion unquestionably deserved; and the shouts and clapping of hands would have been greatly prolonged, had they not been rendered quite inaudible by a deep respiration, vulgarly called a snore, from the sleeping Hercules.

    Tanglewood Tales

  • When oxygen levels drop people with apnea stop breathing for long periods -- the snore is a kind of gasp for air, the bear's robot arm reaches around and tickles its user's face, so that the user rolls onto his side, where breathing is less labored.

    Boing Boing

  • And just who wouldn't, after hearing the same, boring, three-word story, begin to "snore"?

    mise en bouteille / wine bottling

  • Set volume to "snore" and there you have it - we sleep... together.

    The 'family' man is anything but

  • An actual demonstration would have been required to make him understand what a "snore" was, and then he might have misinterpreted it into an attempt to work some "magic" on him.

    The Boy Ranchers in Camp or The Water Fight at Diamond X

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