Definition of Forty winks

1. Noun. Sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed).

Exact synonyms: Cat Sleep, Catnap, Nap, Short Sleep, Snooze
Generic synonyms: Sleeping
Specialized synonyms: Siesta, Zizz
Derivative terms: Catnap, Nap, Snooze



Definition of Forty winks

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A short sleep, an extra sleep, a nap. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Forty Winks

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forty-ninth parallel
forty-one
forty-oneth
forty-second
forty-seven
forty-seventh
forty-six
forty-sixth
forty-spot
forty-spots
forty-third
forty-three
forty-two
forty minutes of hell
forty winks (current term)
fortyfold
fortyish
fortypenny
fortysomething
fortysomethings
forum
forum non conveniens
forum shopping
forumite
forumites
forums
forwake
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Literary usage of Forty winks

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1. Peeps at Parliament: Taken from Behind the Speaker's Chair by Henry William Lucy (1903)
"He may, without reproach, snatch his forty winks when he will, ... He admits that, " at my time of life," he finds a long and prosy "forty winks. ..."

2. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1854)
"forty winks—only forty winks ! MR. PUNCH crosses the Channel; ... PUNCH'S forty winks. Nevertheless he resolved to go straightway to Paris that his dream ..."

3. Life in Spain: Past and Present by Walter Thornbury (1860)
"says Forty- winks, gravely. " To think of men going by an old prejudiced Tory like ... And you will have one," said forty winks, shutting his note-book. ..."

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