- (of animals) to force the breath violently through the nostrils with a loud, harsh sound: The spirited horse snorted and shied at the train.
- (of persons) to express contempt, indignation, etc., by a similar sound.
- Slang. to take a drug by inhaling.
- to utter with a snort.
- to expel (air, sound, etc.) by or as by snorting.
- Slang. to take (a drug) by inhaling: to snort cocaine.
- the act or sound of snorting.
- Slang. a quick drink of liquor; shot.
- an act or instance of taking a drug by inhalation.
- the amount of drug inhaled.
- British. snorkel.
Origin of snort
Examples from the Web for snort
Contemporary Examples of snort
He contrasted his vices with those of other congressmen who drank or “snort coke or chase women.”Tea Party Reindeer Farmer Faces Extinction
July 30, 2014
But when he tried to snort the cocaine off a business card, he blew the wrong way and knocked the powder off the card.Speed Read: Marion Barry’s Crazy Memoir
June 18, 2014
Even today, there are those who will snort at the suggestion of Wayne having been any kind of conscious artist.A New Biography Shows That ‘John Wayne’ Was His Own Best Creation
April 6, 2014
In addition, risks for hepatitis C include sharing straws (or rolled dollar bills) to snort cocaine or receiving a tattoo.Don’t Blame Spider Bite for Felling Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman
May 5, 2013
"Same old Tories", we snort, sinking into the toff-bashing of old like a warm bath, top hats and monocles optional.What Romney Should Learn From John Major
August 13, 2012
Historical Examples of snort
And so, with a snort and a puff, he worked out by another door.Little Dorrit
With something very like a snort Roger asks, 'How does one say a thing like that casually?'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
Her mother gave one snort, and away she went, thundering after her.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
Bob jumped, gave a snort of surprise, and jammed his hand into his pocket.Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts
Roy Rutherford Bailey
Captain Zelotes' only comment was a sniff or snort, or combination of both.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- (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
Word Origin for snort
Word Origin and History for snort
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.
1808, "act of snorting," from snort (v.). Meaning "a drink of liquor" (especially whiskey) is from 1889.