verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


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

Contemporary Examples of snort

Historical Examples of snort

  • And so, with a snort and a puff, he worked out by another door.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • 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.

  • 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

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper