A night-owl with glowing eyes flew three times round her, and screeched three times 'tu-whit, tu-whit, tu-whoo.'
Thrice has the night-owl come at thy call—now it must wing away.
So fill the glasses, once more, from the wassail-bowl, and let us "rouse the night-owl" in another "catch!"
Great warriors are they, but in our forests blind as the night-owl.
The girl started nervously as a night-owl hooted suddenly from a near-by thicket.
Like a night-owl, I see better in the dark; the light of day dazzles me.
The night-owl begged him to relate it, and the Caliph commenced to relate what we already know.
Sir Toby: Shall we rouse the night-owl in a catch, that will draw three souls out of one weaver?
One feels like a night-owl upon glorious ruins, the beauty of which makes the night even darker.
Mother Cockleshell screeched like a night-owl and hastily pattered some gypsy spell to avert evil.
"owl which flies at night," 1590s; applied since 1846 (American English) to persons who are up or out late at night. Cf. night-hawk, also French hirondelle de nuit "prostitute," literally "night-swallow."