\ˈsnȯrt \
snorted; snorting; snorts

Definition of snort 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to force air violently through the nose with a rough harsh sound

b : to express scorn, anger, indignation, or surprise by a snort

2 : to emit explosive sounds resembling snorts

3 : to take in a drug by inhalation

transitive verb

1 : to utter with or express by a snort

2 : to expel or emit with or as if with snorts

3 : to inhale (a drug) through the nose



Definition of snort (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a drink of usually straight liquor taken in one draft

2 : an act or sound of snorting

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Synonyms & Antonyms for snort

Synonyms: Noun

bird [chiefly British], boo, Bronx cheer, catcall, hiss, hoot, jeer, raspberry, razz

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of snort in a Sentence


The old dog snorted like a pig when it smelled food. She snorted at his suggestion that he could fix the sink himself. “Yeah, you're a writer, and I'm the King of Spain!” he snorted.


the snorts of a pig made a snort of derision at the lame suggestion
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tense, snorting, staring fixedly at the hillside, which formed the natural pathway from Filoli through into Woodside. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Nature hits it out of the ballpark with rain, snow," 18 Mar. 2018 One of her sons, now 25, began snorting heroin early in high school; her other son, 23, was in a car accident at age 17 and released with an opioid prescription. Alexandra Rockey Fleming,, "Opioid addiction and overdoses in children devastate their parents," 3 July 2018 As his friends and co-workers organize in protest of corporate oppression, Cassius falls under the spell of his company's cocaine-snorting CEO (Armie Hammer), who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams. Detroit Free Press, "New movies: 'Skyscraper,' 'Hotel Transylvania 3'," 11 July 2018 Imagine all that purple, here and a short drive up the coast, who’ve waited for the NBA’s sleeping giant to snort back to consciousness. Bryce Miller,, "Memo to Luke Walton: Here's comes LeBron ... and all that comes with it," 2 July 2018 In court papers, Alvogen also cited instances in Alabama, Arizona and Oklahoma in the past few years in which inmates given midazolam were left gasping or snorting, appeared to regain consciousness or took an unusually long time to die. Author: Ken Ritter, Michelle L. Price, Anchorage Daily News, "Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug," 12 July 2018 King hid between a bush and the house on the property while the bull stood over him and snorted for some 20 minutes. CBS News, "California man gored by bull twice while checking out used car," 10 July 2018 My boyfriend snorted in disdain and called me some nasty, misogynistic names before turning his back and immediately falling asleep. Shirley Manson, New York Times, "Shirley Manson: The First Time I Cut Myself," 3 July 2018 Be creative in a way that will make your partner laugh, or snort, or roll their eyes at you. Sophia Benoit, GQ, "The Gentleman's Guide to Setting the Mood," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In its place, the raptors come to the kitchen door and snort, fogging up the window as only a warm-blooded animal can do. NBC News, "'Jurassic World': Paleontologist who inspired Alan Grant role talks real-life dino science," 20 June 2018 The 1972 Super Fly, cheaply made, unapologetically disreputable and brazenly cathartic, is one big coke-snort-a-go-go; barely a scene goes by without someone taking a hit. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: A New Superfly Gets By on Surface Pleasures—and Great Hair," 13 June 2018 Lucky could interact with guests and do things like giggle, burp, snort and cough. Bruce Pecho,, "20 things you may not know about Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which turns 20 on Earth Day," 17 Apr. 2018 What makes these women let this man push his soft underbelly against their pelvises as he grunts and snorts? Monique Judge, The Root, "Why Would You Willingly Have Sex With Donald Trump?," 12 Apr. 2018 In the sequel, FBI Agent Gracie Hart, who so famously infiltrated a beauty pageant as part of an FBI sting, is back at her unladylike, tough-talking, snort-laughing ways. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "5 Times Miss Congeniality 2 Was Even Better Than the Original," 2 Apr. 2018 Public response to the high-low juxtaposition included snorts at the proclivities of the 1 percent. Christina Binkley, WSJ, "The Secret Inside Tiffany’s Blue Box: Reed Krakoff," 26 Mar. 2018 But while the survey has attracted snorts and jeers from some corners – Caitlin Dewey, The Denver Post, "The surprising number of American adults who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows," 16 June 2017 Witnesses to those lengthier executions also described hearing inmates breathe heavily, snore or snort or seeing them struggle against their restraints. Kelly P. Kissel And Andrew Demillo,, "Arkansas governor dismisses calls for full execution probe," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of snort


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snort


Middle English snorten, fnorten; akin to Old English fnora sneezing

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English Language Learners Definition of snort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to force air noisily through your nose

: to express dislike, disapproval, anger, or surprise by snorting

: to say (something) with a snort or while snorting



English Language Learners Definition of snort (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or the sound of noisily forcing air through the nose : an act or the sound of snorting

: an amount of a drug taken into the body by inhaling it through the nose


\ˈsnȯrt \
snorted; snorting

Kids Definition of snort

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to force air through the nose with a rough harsh sound

2 : to say something with anger or scorn “You'll never win,” he snorted.



Kids Definition of snort (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of or the rough harsh sound made by forcing air through the nose

\ˈsnȯ(ə)rt \

Medical Definition of snort 

: to take in a drug by inhalation

transitive verb

: to inhale (a narcotic drug in powdered form) through the nostrils snort cocaine

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