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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.

  1. Slang. to take a drug by inhaling.

verb (used with object)
  1. to utter with a snort.

  2. to expel (air, sound, etc.) by or as by snorting.

  1. Slang. to take (a drug) by inhaling: to snort cocaine.

  1. the act or sound of snorting.

  2. Slang. a quick drink of liquor; shot.

  1. Slang.

    • an act or instance of taking a drug by inhalation.

    • the amount of drug inhaled.

  2. British. snorkel.

Origin of snort

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

Other words from snort

  • snort·ing·ly, adverb

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How to use snort in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for snort


/ (snɔːt) /

  1. (intr) to exhale forcibly through the nostrils, making a characteristic noise

  2. (intr) (of a person) to express contempt or annoyance by such an exhalation

  1. (tr) to utter in a contemptuous or annoyed manner

  2. slang to inhale (a powdered drug) through the nostrils

  1. a forcible exhalation of air through the nostrils, esp (of persons) as a noise of contempt or annoyance

  2. slang an instance of snorting a drug

  1. Also called: snorter slang a short drink, esp an alcoholic one

  2. slang the snorkel on a submarine

Origin of snort

C14 snorten; probably related to snoren to snore

Derived forms of snort

  • snorting, noun, adjective
  • snortingly, adverb

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