- (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 snorting
Contemporary Examples of snorting
He would navigate from the cockpit using a road atlas—while snorting cocaine off the map.The Secrets of Britain’s Wildest Aristocrats
October 20, 2014
Zohydro is especially worrying because it contains no mechanism to deter misuse by snorting or injecting.Is The Media Marketing Pain Pills to Addicts?
March 4, 2014
There was, apparently, no end to the stuff or to the appetite for snorting.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
His piece, “The Daily Mirror,” is based on the U.K. tabloid that published images of Kate Moss snorting cocaine.Exposed: Paparazzi vs. the Stars Over the Past 50 Years
February 27, 2014
“We are like truffle pigs in a big forest, snorting and looking for oak trees,” adds Brancowitz with a chuckle.Phoenix on New Album ‘Bankrupt!’ and Journey to Rock Superstardom
April 22, 2013
Historical Examples of snorting
His tail was up, he was snorting loudly, and he headed straight for the hammock.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The Colonel was conveyed, snorting apoplectically, to his room.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
There are long lines of freight cars here and snorting locomotives.The Harbor
He rose from his knees after listening to the snorting of the stove.His Masterpiece
The horse backed away on three legs, snorting with indignation.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
- (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 snorting
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.