night-owl

night owl

noun Informal.
a person who often stays up late at night; nighthawk.

Origin:
1585–95

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night owl or night hawk
 
n
informal a person who is or prefers to be up and about late at night
 
night hawk or night hawk
 
n

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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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