catnap

catnap
also written as cat nap

Meaning

  • a short sleep, usually during the day
  • a short nap to boost your energy

Example Sentences

  1. I had a very late night last night. I think that I will have a catnap during my lunch hour.
  2. Since I am on vacation I take a catnap every day.
  3. "Aside from a great selection of plants, Oak Street Garden is also a haven for a few felines who can regularly be found curled up in the garden taking a mid-day catnap." - Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "Spruce up for spring at these Birmingham home and garden shops," 11 Apr. 2018
  4. The 635-mile journey is difficult and exhausting; teammates exist on only 30-minute catnaps.—CBS News, "Living Stronger: Rod Johnstone's passion keeps him sailing at 80," 5 Sep. 2017

Origin

Cats are known to sleep most of the day. It seems to have originated in the 1800s. It has been used as a verb since 1859.

"The Son of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs published in 1916:

Often before had it supported his sleepy head, and now he leaned back to enjoy the forbidden pleasure of a cat nap.

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