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catnap

[kat-nap] /ˈkætˌnæp/
noun
1.
a short, light nap or doze.
verb (used without object), catnapped, catnapping.
2.
to doze or sleep lightly.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism; cat + nap
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Examples from the web for catnap
  • We landed and barely had time for a catnap before three winged boxes emerged from a hangar and whirred toward us.
  • While trying to catch a catnap after lunch a yellow racer gives me quite a start by brushing unexpectedly against my leg.
  • Pull over and catnap if necessary, eat a snack, or have a partner drive.
British Dictionary definitions for catnap

catnap

/ˈkætˌnæp/
noun
1.
a short sleep or doze
verb -naps, -napping, -napped
2.
(intransitive) to sleep or doze for a short time or intermittently
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Word Origin and History for catnap
n.

also cat-nap, cat's nap, by 1823, from cat (n.) + nap (n.). A nap such as a cat takes. As a verb from 1859.

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Slang definitions & phrases for catnap

catnap

noun

A short doze while sitting up: The Senator was enjoying a cat-nap at the time

[1850s+; Attested in form cat's nap by 1823]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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