\ 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 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 And a friend said the teen was prone to snorting Percocet, according to the records. Max Londberg,, "Officer who investigated stalking of Ellie Weik before her murder has been fired," 7 June 2019 Some snorted it, while others reduced it to liquid form and injected it. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Data Touted by OxyContin Maker to Fight Lawsuits Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story," 9 Sep. 2019 Former Dolphins coach Chris Foerster, who resigned after video surfaced of him snorting a white powder, has returned to NFL coaching, reports ESPN's Jenna Laine. Charlotte Carroll,, "Report: Former Dolphins Coach Chris Foerster Returns to NFL With 49ers," 23 Aug. 2019 However, Shamo is charged in connection to only one death, that of a 21-year-old who died in 2016 after snorting a fentanyl-containing pill that was made to resemble prescription oxycodone. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Alleged kingpin of massive, deadly fentanyl-laced pill scheme stands trial," 12 Aug. 2019 This particular seat mate sniffed and snorted mucus during the entire journey. The Oregonian/oregonlive, al, "Ask Amy: Chubby hubby loses weight -- and his personality disappears along with the pounds," 28 Apr. 2019 Partly in color, partly in black and white, Frank filmed the band and its entourage in a haze of snorting cocaine and shooting heroin on a private jet. Hillel Italie, Twin Cities, "Groundbreaking photographer Robert Frank dies at age 94," 10 Sep. 2019 Gase lost his offensive line coach, Chris Foerster, midway through the season after video of him snorting lines in his Davie office went viral. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "How’s this for culture change? Gase says Dolphins’ ‘alpha dogs’ won’t accept nonsense | Miami Herald," 27 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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