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1: of breathing having a heavy snoring sound
adjective Date: 1802 characterized by a harsh snoring or gasping sound • stertorously adverb adj. (of breathing etc.) heavy; sounding like snoring.
Derivatives: stertorously adv. stertorousness n. Etymology: stertor, mod.L f. L stertere snore Stertorous Ster"to*rous, a. [L. stertere to snore: cf. F. stertoreux.] Characterized by a deep snoring, which accompaines inspiration in some diseases, especially apoplexy; hence, hoarsely breathing; snoring. Burning, stertorous breath that hurt her cheek. --Mrs. Browning. The day has ebbed away, and it is night in his room, before his stertorous breathing lulls. --Dickens.
a. See stertoreous asthmatic, brassy, brazen, breathing, choked, coarse, cracked, croaking, croaky, dry, errhine, expiratory, gruff, guttural, harsh, harsh-sounding, heaving, hoarse, huffing, husky, inspiratory, metallic, nasal, panting, pneumonic, puffing, pulmonary, pulmonic, ragged, raucid, raucous, respiratory, rhinal, rough, roupy, rude, sneezy, sniffling, sniffly, sniffy, snoring, snorting, snuffling, snuffly, snuffy, squawking, squawky, sternutatory, strangled, thick, throaty, tinny, wheezing, wheezy
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