General English


  • noun a loud noise produced in the nose and throat when a person is asleep
  • verb to make a loud noise in the nose and throat when asleep


  • noun a boring experience. A synonym of snooze and yawn, typically used by adolescents.

Origin & History of “snore”

like snort (14th c.) (which originally meant ‘snore’), snore goes back ultimately to a prehistoric Germanic base *snor-, imitative of the sound it represents. from the same source came German schnarchen ‘snore’, which produced the German dialect noun schnorchel ‘snout’. The mainstream language adopted it as a term for a ‘breathing tube’, and English borrowed it as snorkel (20th c.).