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snort

[snawrt] /snɔrt/
verb (used without object)
1.
(of animals) to force the breath violently through the nostrils with a loud, harsh sound:
The spirited horse snorted and shied at the train.
2.
(of persons) to express contempt, indignation, etc., by a similar sound.
3.
Slang. to take a drug by inhaling.
verb (used with object)
4.
to utter with a snort.
5.
to expel (air, sound, etc.) by or as by snorting.
6.
Slang. to take (a drug) by inhaling:
to snort cocaine.
noun
7.
the act or sound of snorting.
8.
Slang. a quick drink of liquor; shot.
9.
Slang.
  1. an act or instance of taking a drug by inhalation.
  2. the amount of drug inhaled.
10.
British. snorkel.
Origin of snort
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English snorten (v.); probably akin to snore
Related forms
snortingly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for snorting
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  • A fearful uproar of barking, howling, and snorting, followed.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • And the gale, ever snorting harder, now snorted diabolically.

  • Throwing herself from the saddle, she slid precipitately into the washout just as Denver thundered up, snorting a challenge.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • This they did almost the moment after, and began their snorting, bellowing, and rolling again.

    Fast in the Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • He came close up to her with his eyes glittering, his nostrils distended and snorting and his hands clinched.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for snorting

snort

/snɔːt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to exhale forcibly through the nostrils, making a characteristic noise
2.
(intransitive) (of a person) to express contempt or annoyance by such an exhalation
3.
(transitive) to utter in a contemptuous or annoyed manner
4.
(slang) to inhale (a powdered drug) through the nostrils
noun
5.
a forcible exhalation of air through the nostrils, esp (of persons) as a noise of contempt or annoyance
6.
(slang) an instance of snorting a drug
7.
(slang) Also called snorter. a short drink, esp an alcoholic one
8.
(slang) the snorkel on a submarine
Derived Forms
snorting, noun, adjective
snortingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14 snorten; probably related to snoren to snore
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Word Origin and History for snorting

snort

v.

late 14c., "to snore," probably related to snore (v.). Meaning "breathe through the nose with a harsh sound" first recorded 1520s. Sense of "express contempt" is from 1818. Meaning "to inhale cocaine" is first attested 1935. Related: Snorted; snorting. American English snorter "something fierce or furious" is from 1833.

n.

1808, "act of snorting," from snort (v.). Meaning "a drink of liquor" (especially whiskey) is from 1889.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snorting

snort

noun

  1. A drink of liquor, esp of plain whiskey; hooker: Who's ready for another short snort?/ All hands had another snort (1889+)
  2. A dose of narcotic for inhaling; line (1951+ Narcotics)

verb

To inhale narcotics, esp cocaine; sniff: since ma was a viper, and daddy would snort (1935+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

snifter

[drinking sense fr earlier snorter of same purport]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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