\ 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 The drug can be in the form of powder, crystals or pills and can be smoked, snorted or injected. Parker Schorr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "While millions are spent to fight the opioid epidemic, a meth crisis quietly grows in Wisconsin," 17 Oct. 2019 Within a few years, authorities in Virginia and other states with large rural populations publicly reported spikes in addiction and overdoses among people who were crushing up OxyContin pills and snorting or injecting them. Author: Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, "Purdue Pharma family profits from sale of resorts in regions plagued by opioid crisis," 30 Sep. 2019 Investigators believe that Miller died after snorting the counterfeit pills Pettit provided. Alene Tchekmedyianstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Man who allegedly supplied Mac Miller with fentanyl-laced pills is held without bail," 4 Sep. 2019 Its ice-like granules can be smoked, injected, swallowed or snorted. Jason Gale | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Cheap, Nasty, Near You. How Crystal Meth Is Spreading," 20 Nov. 2019 To see the title character and his sidekick perpetually snorting cocaine, for instance, enhances the sense of dissolution that pervades Falls’ view of the opera. Howard Reich,, "Lyric Opera review: A ‘Don Giovanni’ for the #MeToo era — who is far more monster than charmer," 15 Nov. 2019 Nadeau and Janke told investigators the four were at Cruz’s apartment the morning of Sept. 15 when Sarlis snorted what appeared to be heroin, according to charging documents. Brian Arola / Mankato Free Press, Twin Cities, "3 charged with hiding Gustavus student’s body following overdose," 27 Sep. 2019 Authorities believe Miller snorted those pills prior to his death. Faith Karimi And Sarah Moon, CNN, "A second man has been arrested in rapper Mac Miller's death," 27 Sep. 2019 Some victims had collapsed in public bathrooms and parks after shooting up or snorting drugs containing fentanyl, which can be 50 times stronger than heroin. Annie Correal, New York Times, "‘She Was Like You and Me’: A Death and Life in the Bronx Opioid Crisis," 9 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Season 2’s blooper reel brought even more silly scenes, including an accidental snort from Noah Schnapp, Winona Ryder stumbling over her words, and Millie accidentally getting hit in the head with papers. Eric Todisco,, "It's Stranger Things Day! Watch the Hilarious Blooper Reels from All 3 Seasons," 6 Nov. 2019 Occasionally a rhino snort or hoot broke the silence, punctuated by the thundering hoofs of wildebeest and zebra heading south on their migration route. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What I Learned in the Trenches of a Rhino Translocation," 9 Oct. 2019 Mikey was able to mark their progress by the snorts of consternation that came from the invisible cows. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 Evans’s character says later to Blanc, drawing a snort of laughter from Stanfield’s detective. Isaac Feldberg,, "First ‘Knives Out’ trailer teases a star-studded, modern-day whodunnit led by Chris Evans," 2 July 2019 And feeling a cantaloupe is OK, but not as good a sign as giving it a good snort. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: How to select (and utilize) melon," 2 July 2019 Think snorts, belches and a hum that is vaguely reminiscent of Chewbacca. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "Meet your spitting sherpas: Wilderness therapy in Colorado has llamas as your guide," 1 July 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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8 Dec 2019

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“Snort.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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