a person who often stays up late at night; nighthawk.
(informal) a person who is or prefers to be up and about late at night
“owl which flies at night,” 1590s; applied since 1846 (American English) to persons who are up or out late at night. Cf. night-hawk, also French hirondelle de nuit “prostitute,” literally “night-swallow.”
A person who habitually stays up late and is active at night, as in You can call her after midnight, for she’s a night owl. This colloquial term, originally used in the late 1500s for an owl that is active at night, was transferred to nocturnal human beings in the mid-1800s.
- Night palsy
night palsy n. A temporary numbness and paresis of an extremity caused by its compression during sleep.
noun 1. a person who prefers to stay up late or who functions best during the nighttime hours. noun phrase One of the night people: She’s a night person, never gets up before the afternoon (1950s+)
noun 1. a bird that cries in the night. noun 1. (poetic) any bird, esp the night heron, that is most active at night
[nahyt-rahy-der] /ˈnaɪtˌraɪ dər/ noun 1. one of a band of mounted men, especially in the southern U.S. during Reconstruction, who committed nocturnal acts of violence and intimidation against blacks and black sympathizers. /ˈnaɪtˌraɪdə/ noun 1. a member of a band of mounted and usually masked White people in the southern US who carried out acts […]