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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 of snort
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English snorten (v.); probably akin to snore
Related forms
snortingly, adverb
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  • She whipped the bit into her fierce, even, white teeth, and with a snort shot down the pike.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • With something very like a snort Roger asks, 'How does one say a thing like that casually?'

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • At the end of the first leap the gelding stumbled to his knees with a crash and snort among the stones.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Bob jumped, gave a snort of surprise, and jammed his hand into his pocket.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • Silence only broken by the splash or snort of Heaven knows what horrible sea monster!

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
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
v.

late 14c., "to snore," probably related to snore (v.). Meaning "breathe through the nose with a harsh sound" first recorded 1520s. Sense of "express contempt" is from 1818. Meaning "to inhale cocaine" is first attested 1935. Related: Snorted; snorting. American English snorter "something fierce or furious" is from 1833.

n.

1808, "act of snorting," from snort (v.). Meaning "a drink of liquor" (especially whiskey) is from 1889.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snort

snop

noun

Marijuana

[1960s+ Narcotics; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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