snort

verb
\ ˈsnȯrt How to pronounce snort (audio) \
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 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

noun

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

cheer

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Examples of snort in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Such figures include Bella Noche, whom Desmond conducted a Facebook livestream with, in which Desmond referenced ketamine and imitated snorting it. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "‘Desmond Is Amazing’ Needs Saving," 11 June 2019 The city was the historic terminus for jingling, snorting camel trains on trade routes later dubbed the Silk Road. The Economist, "A belt-and-road court dreams of rivalling the West’s tribunals," 6 June 2019 There are rhinos here and there in the production design, to be sure, but a lot of their impact comes in not knowing quite what to expect as Joseph Cerqua’s sound design builds up the suspense with low rumbles, snorts and growls. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Hilarious ‘Rhinoceros’ revival in SF comes just in time," 6 June 2019 Past viral videos have shown teenagers snorting condoms up one of their nostrils and inhaling until the condom comes out of their mouth. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "'Deodorant challenge': Are teens really burning their arms to go viral?," 9 May 2018 Office Date Brooks accompanies someone to an office party where someone else snorts printer toner. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "A Ranking of All the Dates in Noah Centineo's "The Perfect Date"," 12 Apr. 2019 People can take methamphetamine by smoking, swallowing, snorting, or injecting it. Alexis Stevens, The Seattle Times, "Georgia tallies meth’s toll: Nearly 20 percent of those killed by police in state test positive for it," 20 Nov. 2018 The country came to a standstill, sweating the outcome of the race between Eclipse, the North’s dark, snorting, undefeated champion, and Henry, the South’s precocious, brilliantly fast darling. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "Before Justify, there was Eclipse and a horse-racing war between North and South," 19 May 2018 Admitting to nerves doesn’t come easily to a man who built his life denying fear, who thrived in combat, who never hesitated to snort or swallow any abusable substance, who burned crosses in public. Washington Post, "In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims.," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a dual-clutch-equipped model, the snort to 60 mph happens in four seconds flat, and the quarter-mile whizzes by in 12.4—gains of 0.1 and 0.3 second, respectively, over last year's car. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Rebecca had moved out years earlier, managing an apartment building for work while kayaking and rappelling for fun, with a snorting laugh that itself made her snort with laughter. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "‘I Was Hoping to Be Retired’: The Cost of Supporting Parents and Adult Children," 16 Nov. 2018 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, chicagotribune.com, "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

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First Known Use of snort

Verb

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

Noun

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snort

Verb

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

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snort

verb

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

snort

noun

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

snort

verb
\ ˈsnȯrt How to pronounce snort (audio) \
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.

snort

noun

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 How to pronounce snort (audio) \

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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