\ 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 But how many people can casually snort cocaine or smoke crack? Robert Zafft, Forbes, 18 Sep. 2021 After the death, sheriff’s officials reviewed security camera video, which showed the man hiding between bunks and appearing to snort a substance into his nose, said Assistant Sheriff Brendan Corbett, who oversees jail operations. Alene Tchekmedyian Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Doug didn't just snort for the role, the pooch's snores, grumbles, and slurps were also recorded to bring Monchi to life. Kelli Bender,, 20 Apr. 2021 Rick [Danko] would snort anything that was put in front of him, but quite frankly, cocaine was not an issue in the late Sixties, and neither was heroin. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2021 While this is the first standalone theme park dedicated to the little pig who loves to snort, there are Peppa Pig Land sections at Germany's Heide Park and Italy's Gardaland, as well as a Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park in the U.K.'s Romsey. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021 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, 6 Oct. 2020 The president smirked and rolled his eyes and did everything but snort and spit. Washington Post, 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, 22 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 For Alabama, that came in the form of a duck-snort single from its biggest slugger to beat Clemson 6-0 in Saturday’s NCAA softball regional. Michael Casagrande |, al, 22 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 The bathrooms at Satyricon became private bacchanals, a shared snort or arm jab sometimes leading to a grunting, clothes-twisting grapple. oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2021 One snort from an old matriarch will clear a field instantly, leaving very low odds that a single deer will return in daylight. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 16 Dec. 2020 Finally, Hall snort-wheezed and the buck turned and started walking to the downwind side of his treestand. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 12 Nov. 2020 That said, grunting, bleating, and snort-wheezing are all incredibly effective right now. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 20 Oct. 2020 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

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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 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


intransitive verb
\ 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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