Colloquially, we say that men sweat, but women glisten. Is there an equivalent word for describing when women snore?

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    – Dan Bron
    Feb 12, 2016 at 2:42
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    Maybe murmuring?
    – bib
    Feb 12, 2016 at 2:50
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    Men perspire, women glow, and horses sweat. Feb 12, 2016 at 3:22
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    Women snore, men go lay on the couch.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 12, 2016 at 3:54
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    For a couple of years I was working on an application to detect sleep apnea. As a part of the research and testing I listened for hours to recordings of people snoring. Women snore just as often as men, if not quite as loudly. Sometimes a snore is just a snore.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 12, 2016 at 4:21

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How about "purr?" That seems to me to be in the same neighborhood as "glisten."

  • Picking this as best answer based on my wife's advice. :) Feb 15, 2016 at 2:46

I had a girlfriend who referred to her "soft sussurations," so perhaps "sussurate," which is defined as "make a whispering or rustling sound."


Wife: I was awakened by your snoring last night so I turned on the music.

Husband: Me too! Two nights ago I was awakened by your pharyngeal rhapsody so I had to turn on the music to match its rhythm.


A soft exhalation could be called whiffling.

Whiffle has this definition on Merriam-Webster.com:

to emit or produce a light whistling or puffing sound

Here are a couple of examples of the adjectival form of the word used in the book Apple Blossom Time:

By now I could distinguish Pansy's little, whiffling breaths, polite even in her sleep , across the room.

and the book Catla and the Vikings:

She longed for the noises of her family when they slept around her: Bega's wheezy sighs, Mother's whiffling nose sounds and Father's snuffling indrawn breaths.


As snoring is more often a male problem and women are compelled to endure it we could perhaps say: Men snore, women listen.

  • I thought "treetops glisten and children listen".
    – GoDucks
    Feb 13, 2016 at 4:41
  • Yes, but only when there's sleigh bells in the snow. Feb 15, 2016 at 2:44

I could stay awake
as you heave your breathing
From a mile where you are ululating
While you purr away resonating

I could spend my life in your beats forever
I could stay lost in these moments of thunder
Every moment spent wishing you for moments of halleluyer

I just wanna close my eyes
I just wanna fall asleep
Cause you'd wake me baby
And I don't wanna miss a wink


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