\ 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



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

Antonyms: Noun

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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 While Roth presided over bacchanalia in the wings, Mr. Van Halen preferred a more private kind of debauchery, retiring alone to his hotel room to snort cocaine, drink vodka and write songs on his guitar. Washington Post, "Eddie Van Halen, guitar virtuoso with a shimmering sound, dies at 65," 6 Oct. 2020 The president smirked and rolled his eyes and did everything but snort and spit. Washington Post, "Interruptions, accusations, chaos: Trump trolled the debate stage," 30 Sep. 2020 The next day, you and your boss and Jan from accounting get together and snort at the vice president who’s always cracking sexist jokes. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Would an otter make a good boss?," 22 Sep. 2020 Contestants must snort as much of a Scarface-sized mound of the white powder as possible in three minutes. Omar Sanchez,, "Inside the making of The Binge, Hulu's raunchy teen spin on The Purge," 29 Aug. 2020 Survivors snort and squeal weakly through the haze, until two workers, using captive-bolt guns, put them down. Ted Genoways, The New Republic, "Beyond Big Meat," 4 Aug. 2020 Sasha, who faked an affair to Chase, is dealing with her breakup with Michael by snorting cocaine. cleveland, "ABC soap ‘General Hospital’ is about to run out of new episodes," 18 May 2020 From drinking water every 15 minutes to snorting cocaine, the myths range from the absurd to the truly dangerous. Thatiana Diaz,, "The Latest Coronavirus “Cure” Involves A Hair Dryer & Hot Air," 23 Mar. 2020 Mezzo Kate Lindsey played Nerone as an amusingly Gumby-bodied, cocaine-snorting delinquent; her timbre, pinched at first, opened satisfyingly in the later part of the evening. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Eurydice’ and ‘Agrippina’ Reviews: Voices Lost and Found," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Drive-thru Texas state fair: fried Oreos, yes. Baby animals, no.," 15 Oct. 2020 Football, with its grunt-and-snort, mud-and-blood demeanor, would not seem super-well-suited to safety in the presence of a communicable disease. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Next up in COVID times: The NFL," 31 Aug. 2020 The exhaust's pleasant snort morphs into a generic four-cylinder thrum as the 1.6-liter's revs climb above 4500 rpm. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Kia Forte GT Puts Value Ahead of Sportiness," 28 Aug. 2020 The only sounds were from chirping birds, clucking chickens, the occasional snort of a distant pig. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Maxine Hong Kingston’s Genre-Defying Life and Work," 1 June 2020 Tiny raised her arms and flinched to curl away from the blow, but the small man lowered his fist with a snort and a chuckle. Rion Amilcar Scott, The New Yorker, "Shape-ups at Delilah’s," 30 Sep. 2019 Keep your volume up for a constantly changing, only-in-Africa symphony of snorts, grunts, growls, splashes, and chirps. Lindsay Lambert Day, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Wildlife Webcams Will Cure Your Cabin Fever," 18 Mar. 2020 The best moment will come when someone’s laugh ends in a snort. Elaine Ayala,, "It’s Thanksgiving, San Antonio, let’s be good to one another," 28 Nov. 2019 One snort, and the earth opens up; a hundred men fall into it. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "How to Read “Gilgamesh”," 7 Oct. 2019

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

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16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snort.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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 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.



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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