From Middle English snoren, fnoren (“to snore loudly; snort”), from Middle English snore, *fnore (“snore; snort”, noun), from Old English fnora (“snort; sneezing”), from Proto-Germanic *fnuzô, from Proto-Indo-European *pnew- (“to breathe; snort; sneeze”). Compare also Proto-Germanic *snarkjaną, Middle Low German snorren (“to drone”), Dutch snorren (“to hum, purr”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /snɔː/
- (General American) IPA(key): /snɔɹ/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /sno(ː)ɹ/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /snoə/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)
- To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate.
- 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i], page 8-9:
While you here do ſnoaring lie,
His time doth take:
If of Life you keepe a care,
Shake off ſlumber, and beware.
snore (plural snores)
- The act of snoring, and the noise produced.
- (informal) An extremely boring person or event.
- Alternative form of