verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. snore,
  2. snoring,
  3. snorkel,
  4. snorkeling,
  5. snorri sturluson,
  6. snorter,
  7. snot,
  8. snot-rag,
  9. snotnosed,
  10. snotter

Origin of snort

1325–75; Middle English snorten (v.); probably akin to snore

Related formssnort·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snort

British Dictionary definitions for snort



(intr) to exhale forcibly through the nostrils, making a characteristic noise
(intr) (of a person) to express contempt or annoyance by such an exhalation
(tr) to utter in a contemptuous or annoyed manner
slang to inhale (a powdered drug) through the nostrils


a forcible exhalation of air through the nostrils, esp (of persons) as a noise of contempt or annoyance
slang an instance of snorting a drug
Also called: snorter slang a short drink, esp an alcoholic one
slang the snorkel on a submarine
Derived Formssnorting, noun, adjectivesnortingly, adverb

Word Origin for snort

C14 snorten; probably related to snoren to snore

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Word Origin and History for snort
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