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night owl

noun, Informal.
a person who often stays up late at night; nighthawk.
1585-95 Unabridged
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Examples for night owl
  • One is a night owl who likes to do business after midnight.
  • night owl spectators watch from a pier as the shuttle blasts off.
British Dictionary definitions for night owl

night owl

(informal) a person who is or prefers to be up and about late at night
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Word Origin and History for night owl
night owl
"owl which flies at night," 1593; applied since 1846 (Amer.Eng.) to persons who are up or out late at night. Similarly, night-hawk, used since 1611 of various birds; fig. sense of "one who seeks prey at night, one who stays up late" is from 1818. Cf. Fr. hirondelle de nuit "prostitute," lit. "night-swallow."
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Idioms and Phrases with night owl
A person who habitually stays up late and is active at night, as in You can call her after midnight, for she's a night owl. This colloquial term, originally used in the late 1500s for an owl that is active at night, was transferred to nocturnal human beings in the mid-1800s.
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