snort

1 of 2

verb

snorted; snorting; snorts

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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 through the nose

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

snort

2 of 2

noun

1
: a drink of usually straight liquor taken in one draft
2
: an act or sound of snorting

Example Sentences

Verb 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. Noun the snorts of a pig made a snort of derision at the lame suggestion
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
One day in 11th grade during a psychology class, Kravitz saw Harvey crush a pill and snort it off his desk. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Zander said in 2016, Allen made the choice to snort cocaine that his best frined spiked with fentanyl, which ultimately killed him. Madison Scarpino, Fox News, 24 Aug. 2022 Purdue was seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a new version of OxyContin that would be more difficult to snort or inject. New York Times, 29 June 2022 Swallow a tube of lip balm, perhaps, or snort a housefly. Amy Nicholson, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 Drug users might take a smaller amount of the drug, inject a tester shot or snort the drug instead of using a syringe. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 Detectives investigating her death found text messages and a Snapchat video suggesting a friend had introduced her to black market prescription pills, which drug users often smash and snort for a more intense high. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, 9 Nov. 2021 One particularly talented pachyderm, a female called Pawan, could squeak and snort at the same time. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 20 Oct. 2021
Noun
According to a report by the Pelham Police Department, Whitworth’s body was discovered in her bed with a tan powdery substance and a makeshift snort straw on Dec. 18, 2020. Eric Fleischauer The Decatur Daily, al, 20 Jan. 2023 An involuntary snort of laughter escaped me just as the illicit gay union at the heart of My Policeman hit its most torrid peak. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Sep. 2022 Reacting to Jules’ loquacious manner of flirting, Lengronne furrows her eyebrows and purses her lips before letting out a snort. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 This snort-worthy comedy covers the spectrum of romantic attraction, with lots of heartfelt and funny moments along the way. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 23 May 2022 The cotton swab went up his nostrils and Thomas bucked out of my lap with a mighty snort, nearly ripping the 6-inch swab from the pediatrician assistant's fingers. Matt Voltz, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 France, where the media made a big brouhaha over spiraling suspicions that David lowered his head to take a quick cocaine snort during the broadcast, decided against lodging a complaint even before the drug test came out negative. NBC News, 23 May 2021 When Deborah occasionally laughs on the show—part-cackle, part-snort—the fabric of TV comedy seems to joyfully realign. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 18 May 2021 My girlfriend – here for the corn dog, not to be quoted in this report – let out a snort of frustration. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snort was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Snort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snort. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

snort

1 of 2 verb
1
a
: to force air violently through the nose with a rough harsh sound
b
: to express scorn, anger, or surprise by a snort
2
: to take in (a drug) by inhaling through the nose
snorter noun

snort

2 of 2 noun
1
: an act or sound of snorting
2
: a drink of liquor usually taken by itself in one swallow

Medical Definition

snort

intransitive verb
: 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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