Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
A bell chimed behind them, and Richard raised his head.
It took him a moment to recover from the impropriety of having snored, and possibly grunted, before a young lady.
1. to ring;
2. to show the time by making a ringing sound;
behaviour or actions that are dishonest, morally wrong or not appropriate for a person in a position of responsibility;