Night Owl

Meaning Of Idiom ‘Night Owl’

A night owl is a person who habitually stays up late at night and who prefers to be active during the night. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.

Examples Of Use

“I’ve always been a night owl. I’d rather stay up at night and sleep during the day.”

“My roommate and I get along perfectly. We’re both night owls so our schedules match.”

“There are always a few night owls who come into the restaurant right at closing time.”

“Sorry to call you so late at night, Brian.” “That’s no problem. I’m a night owl.”

Origin

Originally used, since the 1500s, to refer to owls active during the night, this was transferred figurative to humans in the mid-1800s. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms]. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
2. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.