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mid-15c., probably related to snort (v.) and both probably of imitative origin (cf. Dutch snorken, Middle High German snarchen, German schnarchen, Swedish snarka; see snout). Related: Snored; snoring.
mid-14c., "a snort;" c.1600, "act of snoring," of imitative origin; see snore (v.).
snore (snôr)v. snored, snor·ing, snores To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate. n. The act or an instance of snoring.