Definition of catnap in English:



  • A short sleep during the day.

    • ‘After a short catnap while the vessel eased through the locks of the Welland Canal, it would be time to clean out the ship.’
    • ‘I've actually had a few occasions over the last few nights when I've had little catnaps as I was lying somewhere, and those can be fairly refreshing - I had one last night, while I was finishing up Tom Sawyer for book club.’
    • ‘Silvanus sat back and crossed his fingers as if taking a curative catnap; ‘we go from life to life; place to place.’’
    • ‘On the way I caught myself slipping into catnaps, much to the amusement of the two girls who sat opposite me during one of my bouts of unconsciousness.’
    • ‘Many high achievers schedule time in their day for a catnap.’
    • ‘Travelodge, which runs hotels across the country's motorway network, is letting its rooms for £5 for 30 minutes to encourage tired drivers to take a catnap.’
    • ‘I plan to have a short catnap (ten minutes tops) on the sofa before jogging down the road to class.’
    • ‘My catnap was interrupted by the sound of breaking glass.’
    • ‘In that sense, the least frail person on those trips was Gus Dur himself. He has enormous stamina, gained by various means, such as taking a catnap.’
    • ‘However, what stood before me ruined all chances of a catnap and my imagination was back in action.’
    • ‘She'd go days on just catnaps, then sack out for as many as eighteen hours on a Sunday.’
    • ‘There they just could not stop catching fish, and hoping to have a little respite they tried to have a catnap.’
    • ‘‘Whatever,’ I said, and she laughed at my stubbornness, but I changed the subject back to her and Drew, and my little catnap in the arms of the red-haired rogue was soon forgotten.’
    • ‘Although billed as the ultimate exercise in sleep deprivation, shattered competitors have been allowed occasional catnaps agreed by the producers.’
    • ‘Last night Fossett said that during the 77-hour flight he only managed to take catnaps of no more than 10 minutes at a time, with an estimated total of two hours.’
    • ‘Dinner's not for a few hours, and I could sure use a catnap.’
    • ‘But if a change is as good as a rest, Smith has long since woken from his catnap.’
    • ‘I pulled through and went home, and even decided to stretch out on the bed for a catnap, but I got woken up by the kitten after about 15 minutes.’
    fall asleep, go to sleep, get to sleep, have a nap, catnap, drowse
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  • Have a catnap:

    ‘Carradine catnapped in a hammock between two chairs’
    • ‘Tahr catnapped for most of the day, in the late afternoon she went out into the drizzle.’
    • ‘By day we took to residing not by our pool, but in it - eating, drinking, reading, catnapping and occasionally even swimming, under siege from the July sun.’
    • ‘You just catnapped - I was catnapping in the ammunition locker.’
    • ‘Along with most of the group, I have finally learnt how to catnap (something which I have always loathed doing).’
    • ‘And I'm very good at catnapping - I've been like that since I was a wee boy.’
    • ‘She loves to cuddle up with you and of course her favourite pastime is catnapping in the sunshine.’
    • ‘He says that, while individual needs vary, most people who get by on a few hours a night catnap during the day - whether they remember it or not.’
    • ‘In between these messages I catnapped through the day.’
    • ‘Atom was a very competent driver, so I opted for lightly catnapping for most of the trip.’
    • ‘For the first five weeks MacArthur averaged 5.54 hours sleep a day; for the past 10 days she's been down to less than four, though she has been taught techniques to help her catnap by Claudio Stampi, a ‘chronobiologist’.’
    • ‘According to William Anthony, a Boston University psychologist, 70% of employees say that they catnap at work.’
    • ‘You'd better add power relaxing: catnapping through phone holds, deep breathing during tv commercials and meditating in checkout queues.’
    relax, take a rest, ease off, ease up, let up, slow down, pause, have a break, take a break, unbend, repose, laze, idle, loaf, do nothing, take time off, slack off, unwind, recharge one's batteries, be at leisure, take it easy, sit back, sit down, stand down, lounge, luxuriate, loll, slump, flop, put one's feet up, lie down, go to bed, have a nap, take a nap, nap, catnap, doze, have a siesta, take a siesta, drowse, sleep
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