a short, light nap or doze.
to doze or sleep lightly.
Historical Examples

He fought bravely against his seasickness and took the key for a time while Jack stole a catnap.
The Ocean Wireless Boys and the Lost Liner Wilbur Lawton

There was no yawning and stretching and closing one eye for a catnap about that awakening.
In Pastures Green Peter McArthur

Dr. Grenfell went to his room to snatch a catnap before the start.
Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North Fullerton Waldo

Sometimes when I get here a little early I take a catnap myself.
The Six Fingers of Time Raphael Aloysius Lafferty

a short sleep or doze
verb -naps, -napping, -napped
(intransitive) to sleep or doze for a short time or intermittently

also cat-nap, cat’s nap, by 1823, from cat (n.) + nap (n.). A nap such as a cat takes. As a verb from 1859.


A short doze while sitting up: The Senator was enjoying a cat-nap at the time

[1850s+; Attested in form cat’s nap by 1823]


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