Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[stur-ter-uh s] /ˈstɜr tər əs/
characterized by stertor or heavy snoring.
breathing in this manner.
Origin of stertorous
1795-1805; stertor + -ous
Related forms
stertorously, adverb
stertorousness, noun
poststertorous, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for stertorous
Historical Examples
  • As a rule he was a stertorous breather, and when first they were married Hetty could scarcely sleep with his snoring.

  • There was something ominous about the spasmodic and stertorous breathing.

  • His stertorous breathing was the only sound in the room, intolerable in its monotony.

    Mohawks, Volume 3 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • With that enigmatical comment he was silent save for stertorous breathing.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • A series of low, stertorous growls followed, growls that made my blood run cold!

    Uncanny Tales Various
  • He seemed in a profound stupor, but there was no stertorous breathing.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Insensibility, stertorous breathing, lividity of face and body, and death from asphyxia.

    Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology W. G. Aitchison Robertson
  • The only sound was the stertorous breathing of the unconscious guard.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • The lurid glare dies down; stertorous night resumes her sway o'er the living and the dead.

    The Challenge of the Dead Stephen Graham
  • The only evidence of life about him was the sound of stertorous breathing.

British Dictionary definitions for stertorous


marked or accompanied by heavy snoring
breathing in this way
Derived Forms
stertorously, adverb
stertorousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for stertorous

1802, from Modern Latin stertor (from Latin stertere "to snore") + -ous.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for stertorous

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for stertorous