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snort

[snawrt] /snɔrt/
verb (used without object)
1.
(of animals) to force the breath violently through the nostrils with a loud, harsh sound:
The spirited horse snorted and shied at the train.
2.
(of persons) to express contempt, indignation, etc., by a similar sound.
3.
Slang. to take a drug by inhaling.
verb (used with object)
4.
to utter with a snort.
5.
to expel (air, sound, etc.) by or as by snorting.
6.
Slang. to take (a drug) by inhaling:
to snort cocaine.
noun
7.
the act or sound of snorting.
8.
Slang. a quick drink of liquor; shot.
9.
Slang.
  1. an act or instance of taking a drug by inhalation.
  2. the amount of drug inhaled.
10.
British, snorkel.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English snorten (v.); probably akin to snore
Related forms
snortingly, adverb
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Examples for snort
  • He let out a low snort as his broad nose was stroked.
  • At last the price of drugs that the beautiful people snort at the beachfront will increase.
  • People who inject or snort insulin immediately get better at recalling stories and performing other memory tasks.
  • The finding doesn't mean that all money has directly touched cocaine, although some bills were doubtless used to snort the drug.
  • The foghorn snort of a hippo warned us to avoid its channel.
  • Good senior advisers will appreciate that junior faculty members should stay out of the way when the elephants snort and rumble.
  • From somewhere out in the middle of the huge audience came a single involuntary snort.
  • The episode is followed by a sudden snort or gasp when breathing resumes.
  • One option is to snort warm salt water from cupped hands.
  • The villains in the film snort coke and wear monstrous watches.
British Dictionary definitions for snort

snort

/snɔːt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to exhale forcibly through the nostrils, making a characteristic noise
2.
(intransitive) (of a person) to express contempt or annoyance by such an exhalation
3.
(transitive) to utter in a contemptuous or annoyed manner
4.
(slang) to inhale (a powdered drug) through the nostrils
noun
5.
a forcible exhalation of air through the nostrils, esp (of persons) as a noise of contempt or annoyance
6.
(slang) an instance of snorting a drug
7.
(slang) Also called snorter. a short drink, esp an alcoholic one
8.
(slang) the snorkel on a submarine
Derived Forms
snorting, noun, adjective
snortingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14 snorten; probably related to snoren to snore
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Word Origin and History for snort
snort
late 14c., "to snore," probably related to snore. Meaning "breathe through the nose with a harsh sound" first recorded 1530. Sense of "express contempt" is from 1818. Meaning "a drink of liquor" (especially whiskey) is from 1889. The verb meaning "to inhale cocaine" is first attested 1935.
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Slang definitions & phrases for snort

snort

noun
  1. A drink of liquor, esp of plain whiskey; hooker: Who's ready for another short snort?/ All hands had another snort (1889+)
  2. A dose of narcotic for inhaling; line (1951+ Narcotics)
verb

To inhale narcotics, esp cocaine; sniff: since ma was a viper, and daddy would snort (1935+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

snifter

[drinking sense fr earlier snorter of same purport]


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