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[snawr, snohr] /snɔr, snoʊr/
verb (used without object), snored, snoring.
to breathe during sleep with hoarse or harsh sounds caused by the vibrating of the soft palate.
verb (used with object), snored, snoring.
to pass (time) in snoring or sleeping (usually followed by away or out):
to snore the day away.
the act, instance, or sound of snoring.
1300-50; Middle English snoren (v.); cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snorren
Related forms
snorer, noun
outsnore, verb (used with object), outsnored, outsnoring.
unsnoring, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snoring
  • Sloane was snoring heavily, his clothes in a pile by his bed.
  • It did not stop, nor did the sawing logs snoring let up.
  • While their mothers doze, the half brothers cavort near their snoring father.
  • snoring from adjacent rooms, surprisingly, is a regular complaint at many hotels.
  • The stentorian snoring often provokes jokes, but sleep apnoea is a serious and sometimes fatal malady.
  • And since the democracy's watchdog was snoring, people had to take it.
  • And you get a cool video of a snoring bear and some great data on hibernation.
  • The din of airplanes landing, motorcycles roaring or a bedmate snoring can make for patchy sleep and strained nerves.
  • If other things are bothering you, such as increased snoring, explore those issues as well.
  • Or if your partner has shaken the foundation with his or her snoring.
British Dictionary definitions for snoring


(intransitive) to breathe through the mouth and nose while asleep with snorting sounds caused by vibrations of the soft palate
the act or sound of snoring
Derived Forms
snorer, noun
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin; related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snorken; see snort
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Word Origin and History for snoring



mid-15c., probably related to snort (v.) and both probably of imitative origin (cf. Dutch snorken, Middle High German snarchen, German schnarchen, Swedish snarka; see snout). Related: Snored; snoring.


mid-14c., "a snort;" c.1600, "act of snoring," of imitative origin; see snore (v.).

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snoring in Medicine

snore (snôr)
v. snored, snor·ing, snores
To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate. n.
The act or an instance of snoring.

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Encyclopedia Article for snoring

a rough, hoarse noise produced upon the intake of breath during sleep and caused by the vibration of the soft palate and vocal cords. It is often associated with obstruction of the nasal passages, which necessitates breathing through the mouth. Snoring is more common in the elderly because the loss of tone in the oropharyngeal musculature promotes vibration of the soft palate and pharynx. It is also more common in men than in women, and it occurs most often in obese persons. Children's snoring usually results from enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Whatever the cause, snoring is always associated with mouth breathing and can be corrected by removing obstructions to normal nasal breathing or by altering sleeping position so that the affected individual does not lie on his back. Loud interrupted snoring is a regular feature of sleep apnea, a common and potentially life-threatening condition that generally requires treatment

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