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[snawr-ter] /ˈsnɔr tər/
a person or thing that snorts.
Informal. something extraordinary of its kind:
a real snorter of a storm.
Origin of snorter
First recorded in 1595-1605; snort + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Try a little of that fricandeau," says Mrs. snorter, with a kind smile.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • On the morning of that day, I indeed went to Norwich on my snorter.

    The Secret Service Submarine Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Lots of them were hustlers and full of business and their city surely is a snorter.

  • He's a snorter, that's what he is, an' I've heard his whole story a hundred times over.

  • He poured out a snorter and balanced it on the flat of his thumb.

    Plain Mary Smith Henry Wallace Phillips
  • “To the other jockey, who bought me from myself,” replied the snorter.

    The Joyous Story of Toto Laura E. Richards
  • Facing the snorter, he spat in his face, with a noise like thunder, a piece of bezoar as large as a rice-bowl.

    Myths and Legends of China E. T. C. Werner
  • "My, this is certainly a snorter," exclaimed Billy, and the others agreed with him.

    The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
  • And when he gave the benediction, the snorter disappeared in a flash, with a strong smell of brimstone, I suppose?

    The Leatherwood God William Dean Howells
  • And thereupon, remembering that he had threatened to wring my nose, I gave him a snorter upon his own.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for snorter


a person or animal that snorts
(Brit, slang) something outstandingly impressive or difficult
(Brit, slang) something or someone ridiculous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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ripsnorter, rip-roaring

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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