night owl

night owl

noun Informal.

  1. a person who often stays up late at night; nighthawk.


  1. informal a person who is or prefers to be up and about late at night

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.

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