1. (also snoos, snoose, snoozleywink) a nap, a brief or light sleep.
|Discoveries (1774) 43: The Cull is at Snoos; The Man is asleep.|
|Whole Art of Thieving [as cit. 1753].|
|Works (1801) V 116: For the State’s salvation snooze, He bids the Clarets and Champaigns good night.‘Out At Last!’|
|Hamlet Travestie I iv: One afternoon, as was my use [...] I went to the orchard to take a snooze.|
|Tom and Jerry II ii: I shall go into my box, after I’ve call’d the half-hour, and have a regular snooze.|
|‘Tale Of A Shift’ in Cuckold’s Nest 34: Soon into a beautiful snoose we fell.|
|Oliver Twist (1966) 351: I’ll lie down and have a snooze while she’s gone.|
|Scamps of London I iii: If you want a comfortable snooze, why, all I can say is – you’re in luck.|
|N.Y. by Gas-Light (1990) 194: The sleepy policeman has gone his last round, and turned in at the station-house for his morning snooze.|
|Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 14/2: Off we walked for safety, and entering a low ‘lush drum,’ [...] took a big ‘stayer,’ and sat down for an hour or so, until we thought the ‘bloke’ was in a ‘snooze’.|
|Luck of Roaring Camp (1873) 130: Must have been asleep, sir. Hope you had a pleasant nap. Bully place for a nice quiet snooze.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 July 24/3: After dinner at Waratah some go off to have ‘a snooze or sprawl,’ but Will gives his dogs a run ‘in a plantation where the sun and wind were broken by the trees.’.|
|Fire Trumpet II 202: Haven’t you had a snooze?|
|Complete Stalky & Co. (1987) 289: As soon as it was dark, and he’d had a bit of a snooze, him and thirty Sikhs went down.‘Slaves of the Lamp — Part II’ in|
|Boy’s Own Paper 20 Oct. 41: At last Jack left me to do as I please, as he wanted a ‘snooze’.|
|In the Blood 115: Let’s ’ave a bit o’ snoozleywink.|
|Magnet 27 Aug. 9: I should like an extra little snooze this morning.|
|Ulysses 364: Short snooze now if I had.|
|Aberdeen Jrnl 4 Feb. 5/3: At night, completely exhaustit, I was on the p’int o’ fa’in’ inta a mercifu’ snooze.|
|They Drive by Night 100: Get a driver to give her a lift somewhere and go to kip. Have a snooze.|
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 40: After a snooze Nick takes up his guitar and sings.|
|My Friend Judas (1963) 131: I was pooped. I wanted a snooze.|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 346: I hope you managed to get another little snooze after I went.letter 13 Nov. in Thwaite|
|N.Z. Jack 160: I don’t want a thing now. Only a spot of snooze.|
|Never a Normal Man 67: He has stopped the car to have a snooze.|
|Indep. 10 Jan. 9: Some companies are even introducing sleeping rooms [...] so that employees can have a mid-session snooze without feeling guilty.|
|Chicago Trib. 22 July 2/4: He’d never pay for a quick snooze.|
2. a lodging, a bed.
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 266: A snooze sometimes means a lodging; as, Where can I get a snooze for this darky instead of saying a bed.|
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 165/2: Snooze – a bed.|
|in ‘Ducange Anglicus’ Vulgar Tongue.|
3. (Aus.) a three-month prison sentence.
|Aus. Lang. 141: Here is a brief glossary of jail sentences: lag, three months, snooze, three months [...] rest, twelve months, all the year round, twelve months.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 239/1: snooze – three months in jail.|
4. something or someone considered boring.
|Native Tongue 160: Months go by and the job’s a snooze.|
|(con. 1964–8) Cold Six Thousand 145: Spurgeon was a yawn. Duane Hinton was a snore. Eldon Peavy was a faggy snooze.|
5. (Aus.) in attrib. use of sense 1.
|Sydney Morn. Herald 24 Dec. 3/5: The snooze buses run between midnight and 2am.|
(UK Und.) a pillow-case.
|Mysteries of London III 85/1: Six snooze-cases, three narps, and a blood red fancy .|
anything especially boring.
|posting 31 Jul. at ASmallVictory.net [Internet] I had the same feeling watching ‘Chariots of Fire’. Ultimate snooze job.|
a soporific drug.
|Sharky’s Machine 343: He took a hypodermic needle out of the bag [...] ‘Antibiotics. Also got to get little snooze juice into you.’.|
|Sun. Mirror (London) 15 Mar. 10/3: Snooze stand — A bed.|
|Crime in S. Afr. 90: He gave all the marching orders to the boys, called on them to get out of their ‘snooze stands’ (beds), and ‘shove in the clutch’ (get moving).|
(US Und.) getting up early to rob a fellow-boarder’s room.
|N.Y. Herald 8 Jan. 2/5: It appears that Bill was on the ‘snooze’ at the Eastern Pearl street House.|