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DEFINITION: n. Strange sounds that keep you awake in the middle of the night. v. To lie in bed unable to sleep because you keep hearing weird sounds.

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Created by: rombus

Pronunciation: snor - ah - nar - ah

Sentence: Martin had to say snoranara to his sleep these days. Once the baby was born, Mayra was up several times a night and there were so many new sounds that kept him awake....

Etymology: sayonara (adieu, adios, goodbye), snore (breathe noisily during sleep)

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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: aww-DEE-oh-GRR-ECKS

Sentence: Her home it was haunted- of that she was sure. It creaked as it settled-she could not endure. Acoustically creepy with many defects… Madness assured by AUDIOGRE X !

Etymology: AUDIo+OGRE+X= AUDIOGRE X.....AUDIO: of or relating to sound,of or relating to acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves; Date: 1916 .....OGRE: a dreaded person or object, a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings; French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld.....X: an unknown quantity; Usage: often capitalized often attributive Date: before 12th century.


metrohumanx - metrohumanx, 2009-06-24: 00:58:00

metrohumanx WELCOME TO THE FREEZE-DRIED KOOKS MUSEUM. Open for all time and eternity, ceaseless, all-knowing and unchanging. - metrohumanx, 2009-06-24: 00:59:00


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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: i(ə)ritāshən

Sentence: Nobody can explain why George\'s old house makes such strange noises. Sometimes it sounds like a cat caught in a trap, sometimes like somebody whispering. Whatever it is the earitation is enough to keep him awake all too many nights.

Etymology: ear (an organ sensitive to sound) + irritation (the state of feeling annoyed, impatient, or angry)


eary word! - Nosila, 2010-07-14: 00:02:00


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Created by: rebelvin

Pronunciation: APPREHENsion+SOUND

Sentence: Just when you want to sleep, especially if you are alone, the apprehensounding begins, and you have to account for them all before you can relax.

Etymology: APPREHENsion+SOUND

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Created by: TJayzz

Pronunciation: Sownd-a-wayk

Sentence: No wonder Mary was soundawake, it as all her own fault for hearing spooky noises in the middle of the night. She vowed never to watch horror films when she was alone ever again.

Etymology: Sound (Virbrations sensed by the ear) Awake (Not asleep, past-awoken) Opposite of sound asleep


I liked this one. The only problem - if you don't immdiately catch the underlying connection to 'sound-asleep' it seems like an overly-simple response to the definition, (i.e. it may seem, at first, like you picked 2 words from the definition and stuck them together). Gets my vote though, for the clever double-meaning wordplay. - Tigger, 2008-05-13: 01:21:00

How true! Reminds me of a fairly recent film, "Eyes Wide Shut". Excellent word! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:19:00


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Created by: looseball




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Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: creep/oo/uh/eyes

Sentence: Lying awake in the middle of the night, sometimes my mind wanders and I creepualize myself into hysterics with any unusual sounds.

Etymology: creep oneself out + visualize

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Created by: pieceof314

Pronunciation: aw-dee-oh-nok-tern

Sentence: Jen stared at the spot on the wall directly above her head where the spider was half an hour ago. She became rigid each time she heard the creaking of the house as it contracted in the cool night air. The shades gently moved back and forth in the draft of the window sills. She was paralized by the audionocturnic noise that the old house emitted as the night wore on.

Etymology: audio, sound + nocturnal, of the night


Have had nights like those... - Nosila, 2008-05-12: 19:24:00

Interesting! - OZZIEBOB, 2008-05-13: 07:23:00


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Created by: stache

Pronunciation: ĭn-sŏm'nē-ô'dē-ō'

Sentence: The irregular tapping of the branch of the old oak on the bedroom window became the insomniaudio, the percussion soundtrack of Beth's sleepless, windy Wednesday night.

Etymology: ins, var. of innies, type of belly button (see 'outies'); Omni, 1. science and space periodical, 2. former compact hatchback manufactured by the Dodge division of the pre-Benz Chrysler Corp, also released as the Plymouth Horizon; Audi, German manufacturer of, among other models, the A8 and TT; o, nil or zero.


I like the sound of your word - Jabberwocky, 2008-05-12: 13:52:00


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Created by: Kallystie

Pronunciation: kwoy-ze

Sentence: I was laying in bed, unable to fall asleep, when all of a sudden I heard a noise. The noise was odd...something I had never heard before. I nudged my boyfriend and asked, "Did you hear that qoise?" He mumbled something unintellilgable, rolled over, and fell back asleep. I was left to ponder what that qoise was.

Etymology: Qoise is that combination of the word questionable and noise.

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