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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.
  3. 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.
  3. 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.
  3. Slang.
    1. an act or instance of taking a drug by inhalation.
    2. the amount of drug inhaled.
  4. British. snorkel.

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. 2018

Related Words for snorted

grunt, blow, breathe, snore, pant, drink, sound, laugh, puff

Examples from the Web for snorted

Contemporary Examples of snorted

Historical Examples of snorted

  • She instantly thrust in her head and snorted in the direction of the stranger.

  • Blinky snorted and stamped over to the window, stooping to peer at the machine.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Hiram snorted and there was silence while he filled and lit his pipe.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Sun Wu Kung snorted and said: “Who are you, who dare to speak to me?”

  • He eyed the discontented features of his companions, and snorted violently.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for snorted


  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
  3. (tr) to utter in a contemptuous or annoyed manner
  4. 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
  3. Also called: snorter slang a short drink, esp an alcoholic one
  4. 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 snorted



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.

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