Meaning of “catnap” in the English Dictionary

"catnap" in English

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catnapnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkæt.næp/ us /ˈkæt.næp/
verb [ I ] uk us plural -pp-

Examples from literature

  • Throwing himself into a chair the surgeon, used to getting a catnap whenever and wherever possible, was soon sleeping as soundly as was his young patient. 
  • What sleep there was came only in catnaps, for there was the constant noise of the pumps, and the running about of the sailors on the decks. 

(Definition of “catnap” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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catnapnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkæt·næp/

a short sleep, esp. during the day

(Definition of “catnap” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)