Definition of catnap in English:



  • A short sleep during the day.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you get back, hang out on your porch in a rocking chair and sip lemonade, or take a catnap in one of the many hammocks scattered around the property.’
    • ‘One of the members of the waitstaff tells us he's ‘catching up on his sleep, taking 10-minute catnaps somewhere behind the restaurant.’’
    • ‘She'd go days on just catnaps, then sack out for as many as eighteen hours on a Sunday.’
    • ‘Cats can tumble from apartment windows by slipping out accidentally during a catnap on a windowsill or falling while trying to catch an insect or bird.’
    • ‘Over the years, she'd learned to function on three to four hours of sleep during a breaking story, taking a catnap here, forty-winks there.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Many high achievers schedule time in their day for a catnap.’
    • ‘However, what stood before me ruined all chances of a catnap and my imagination was back in action.’
    • ‘The rear seats themselves recline, too, for catnaps.’
    • ‘But I think that the thirty-minute catnap in the car seat was to blame.’
    • ‘Whether used for a daytime catnap or a full night's rest, open-air sleeping platforms can give you a chance to enjoy summer weather to the fullest.’
    • ‘A strange-looking man in a black trench coat awakened him from his catnap.’
    • ‘Caffeine, the drug found in tea, coffee, colas and chocolate, is how billions of people perk up when modern life doesn't allow for a catnap.’
    • ‘That way, I can call you if I need to, and you can catch a catnap.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My first day's appointments over, I return to the hotel to check in and take a quick nap, but that quick catnap turns into a two-hour slumber.’
    • ‘After a short catnap while the vessel eased through the locks of the Welland Canal, it would be time to clean out the ship.’
    • ‘He leaned back in his recliner and tried to take a catnap.’
    • ‘That meant quick naps in the office and scheduling recuperation time during trips, including occasional five-minute catnaps on the side of the road while driving between meetings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A sudden band awakened the sleeping Darren from his catnap.’
    • ‘Silvanus sat back and crossed his fingers as if taking a curative catnap; ‘we go from life to life; place to place.’’
    • ‘Anything beyond a catnap and you will enter a deeper stage of sleep that's harder to wake from, which will leave you feeling more tired and may even interfere with getting a good night's rest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Operating for long hours, often at night, combat soldiers seldom find time for more than a catnap on hard ground.’
    • ‘Although billed as the ultimate exercise in sleep deprivation, shattered competitors have been allowed occasional catnaps agreed by the producers.’
    • ‘My catnap was interrupted by the sound of breaking glass.’
    • ‘I plan to have a short catnap (ten minutes tops) on the sofa before jogging down the road to class.’
    • ‘There they just could not stop catching fish, and hoping to have a little respite they tried to have a catnap.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My arms went into automatic pilot and I fell into a very light catnap.’
    • ‘Dinner's not for a few hours, and I could sure use a catnap.’
    • ‘So I've gotten really good at taking, like, 15-minute catnaps, you know, between scenes.’
    • ‘He sat up, waking from an uneasy catnap, and blinked.’
    • ‘But if a change is as good as a rest, Smith has long since woken from his catnap.’
    • ‘He decided to take a catnap to try and loosen up his brain.’
    fall asleep, go to sleep, get to sleep, doze, doze off, have a nap, catnap, drowse
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  • Have a catnap.

    ‘Carradine catnapped in a hammock between two chairs’
    • ‘And I'm very good at catnapping - I've been like that since I was a wee boy.’
    • ‘In fact, interrogators were routinely sleep-deprived, catnapping maybe one or two hours a night, even as the detainees were getting long beauty sleeps.’
    • ‘He barely slept; he just catnapped four times a day for one hour, and the rest of the time he studied.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While much of the Spanish nation was losing sleep, Figo catnapped on the flight from Madrid to Barcelona.’
    • ‘She loves to cuddle up with you and of course her favourite pastime is catnapping in the sunshine.’
    • ‘On the cargo floor below, the enlisted crew pulled out sleeping bags and catnapped.’
    • ‘Jaime wrapped both arms around her gun, as if it were a teddy bear, and catnapped.’
    • ‘If an agency wants to reward Civil Servant X with a raise for his or her outstanding work, it must offer the same pay increase to Civil Servant Y, who catnaps and watches Judge Judy in the break room.’
    • ‘Atom was a very competent driver, so I opted for lightly catnapping for most of the trip.’
    • ‘In the olden days, this tiredness would not have been a huge problem - I could just use my post-call day off to cycle through various delicious phases of catnapping and vegetating.’
    • ‘Sometimes he'll catnap on the bench after lunch, during lulls in the action.’
    • ‘We moved around by night and, by day, hid and catnapped in thickets outside villages where the leader of our band rendezvoused with peasant collaborators.’
    • ‘Teri's collapse was more shock, and I don't think any of the above characters have even catnapped.’
    • ‘I had a hard time trying to catnap last night as the close encounter just stressed me out.’
    • ‘Tahr catnapped for most of the day, in the late afternoon she went out into the drizzle.’
    • ‘I smiled back then sat up and stretched like a cat that had just been catnapping.’
    • ‘In between these messages I catnapped through the day.’
    • ‘You'd better add power relaxing: catnapping through phone holds, deep breathing during tv commercials and meditating in checkout queues.’
    • ‘This method is much more efficient than a long sleep and is called catnapping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Along with most of the group, I have finally learnt how to catnap (something which I have always loathed doing).’
    • ‘According to William Anthony, a Boston University psychologist, 70% of employees say that they catnap at work.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘In " Primary, " the cameras follow the candidates as they meet voters on the street, catnap in cars, and confer with aides in private rooms.’
    • ‘Relena's really going to have to spend the rest of the afternoon catnapping.’
    • ‘Put one on at bedtime, or pop it in the fridge and wear it as you catnap, to reduce signs of jet lag or fatigue.’
    • ‘During the first few weeks of having a new baby I really enjoyed spending entire days away from the house because it gave me a break in a frustrating routine consisting only of feeding, catnapping, and pooping (the baby, not me!’
    • ‘I'd like to fall asleep but we're still at work and I haven't catnapped for years, even a small amount of sleep makes me dream if I don't take my pills first.’
    • ‘You just catnapped - I was catnapping in the ammunition locker.’
    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, doze, have a siesta, take a siesta, drowse, sleep
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