Definition of small hours in English:

small hours

plural noun

the small hours
  • The early hours of the morning after midnight:

    ‘she returned in the small hours’
    • ‘He set off in the early hours of one morning and finished in the small hours of the next.’
    • ‘She escaped from home in the small hours of the morning and was married to Welch that evening by a civil magistrate.’
    • ‘We were up and about chatting into the small hours last night, so this morning ran a little late.’
    • ‘He denied there was a celebration party into the small hours of the morning.’
    • ‘I sat into the small hours of the morning and read from the first paragraph to the last!’
    • ‘The final chuckle of the week was a sort of a personal epiphany that came to me in the small hours of Tuesday morning.’
    • ‘The name night market is no misnomer, since many keep going until the small hours of the morning.’
    • ‘I eventually got home in the small hours of Sunday morning to sleep in a bed for the first time in a week.’
    • ‘Older people are terrified by fireworks exploding in the small hours of the morning.’
    • ‘In the small hours of the morning, he climbed into the bed next to Lara, and held her close to him.’
    • ‘These patients may be at no greater a driving risk than the foolish young man who drives without sleep in the small hours of the morning.’
    • ‘Got home very late from LA last night, and sat in the small hours of the morning, listening to it three or four times over.’
    • ‘It says a lot for the game that people around the world still go to such lengths to catch the game, watching until the small hours of Monday morning.’
    • ‘A boyfriend and I were walking home to a bedsit in a dodgy part of Edinburgh in the small hours of the morning.’
    • ‘The attack, which took place in the small hours of Monday morning, hit GM maize growing in the farm's research fields.’
    • ‘The crowd then danced and partied on to the small hours of the morning.’
    • ‘In the small hours of Friday morning the plane took off, and headed south to Florida.’
    • ‘After a well earned Friday at the pub I left at the same time as my female housemate in the small hours of Saturday morning.’
    • ‘We constantly hear about families who are raided in the small hours of the morning.’
    • ‘The programme is live and has no end time, going on for as long as the discussion does, often into the small hours of the morning.’