Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical.


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.]

snor′er n.



See Also: SLEEP

  1. Snored as if all the frogs of spring were inside him —Eudora Welty
  2. (Punctuated the air with a periodic) snore like the honk of geese —Paige Mitchell
  3. Snores go up and down like a zipper —Brad Leithauser
  4. Snores like a diesel truck —Ira Wood
  5. (Hoffman’s) snores … like muffled lamentations —Ross Macdonald
  6. Snores … like stones dropped on a polished surface —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  7. Snoring like a snare drum —John D. MacDonald
  8. Snoring like a steamroller —Brian Burland
References in classic literature ?
Tommy Brock's snores continued, grunty and regular from Mr.
Pap used to sleep there, sometimes, 'long with the hogs, but laws bless you, he just lifts things when HE snores.
O the blazing tropic night, when the wake's a welt of light That holds the hot sky tame, And the steady forefoot snores through the planet-powdered floors Where the scared whale flukes in flame.
We would do up the paper again, just as it was, and slip in, very elaborate and soft, and lay it on the bunk again, and let on WE didn't know about any trick, and hadn't any idea he was a-laughing at us behind them bogus snores of his'n; and we would stick by him, and the first night we was ashore we would get him drunk and search him, and get the di'monds; and DO for him, too, if it warn't too risky.
Even his snores are more musical than those of other boys
A general silence prevailed--A silence, which was by nothing interrupted but by the loud and repeated snores of one of the Party.
In which D'Artagnan makes all Speed, Porthos snores, and Aramis counsels
Sparsit, 'I cannot say that I have heard him precisely snore, and therefore must not make that statement.
For the first instant Alexey Alexandrovitch seemed, as it were, appalled at his own snoring, and ceased; but after an interval of two breathings the snore sounded again, with a new tranquil rhythm.
As soon as he had finished his horrible repast he lay down to sleep as before, and when we heard him begin to snore I, and nine of the boldest of my comrades, rose softly, and took each a spit, which we made red-hot in the fire, and then at a given signal we plunged it with one accord into the giant's eye, completely blinding him.
 is heard to snore, and every assassin is made a ghost and,
He had a tall red night-cap on, with a tassel, and he was lying crumpled up into a sort of untidy heap, and snoring loud--'fit to snore his head off