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intr.v. snored, snor·ing, snores
To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate.
1. The act or an instance of snoring.
2. The noise so produced.
[Middle English snoren, to snort, from fnoren, from Old English fnora, sneezing; see pneu- in Indo-European roots.]
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See Also: SLEEP
- Snored as if all the frogs of spring were inside him —Eudora Welty
- (Punctuated the air with a periodic) snore like the honk of geese —Paige Mitchell
- Snores go up and down like a zipper —Brad Leithauser
- Snores like a diesel truck —Ira Wood
- (Hoffman’s) snores … like muffled lamentations —Ross Macdonald
- Snores … like stones dropped on a polished surface —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- Snoring like a snare drum —John D. MacDonald
- Snoring like a steamroller —Brian Burland
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