from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rough, noisy sound made by breathing forcefully through the nostrils, as a horse or pig does.
  • n. A similar sound: the snort of a steam engine.
  • n. Slang A drink of liquor, especially when swallowed in one gulp.
  • n. Slang Cocaine or heroin, especially a small amount sniffed at one time.
  • n. Slang The liquor or drug so taken.
  • intransitive v. To breathe noisily and forcefully through the nostrils.
  • intransitive v. To make a sound resembling noisy exhalation: "The wind snorted across the Kansas plains” ( Gail Sheehy).
  • intransitive v. To make an abrupt noise expressive of scorn, ridicule, or contempt.
  • intransitive v. Slang To ingest a drug, such as cocaine or heroin, by sniffing.
  • transitive v. To express by snorting: He snorted his disapproval.
  • transitive v. Slang To ingest by sniffing: snorted cocaine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sound made by exhaling or inhaling roughly through the nose.
  • n. A dose of a drug to be snorted. Here, "drug" includes snuff (i.e., pulverized tobacco). A snort also may be a drink of whiskey, as "Let's have a snort".
  • v. To make a snort; to exhale roughly through the nose.
  • v. (slang) To inhale (usually a drug) through the nose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of snorting; the sound produced in snorting.
  • intransitive v. To force the air with violence through the nose, so as to make a noise, as do high-spirited horsed in prancing and play.
  • intransitive v. To snore.
  • intransitive v. To laugh out loudly.
  • transitive v. To expel throught the nostrils with a snort; to utter with a snort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To snore loudly.
  • To force the air with violence through the nose, so as to make a noise: said of persons under excitement, and especially of high-spirited horses.
  • To laugh outright or boisterously; burst into a horse-laugh.
  • To turn up: said of the nose.
  • To express by a snort; say with a snort: as, to snort defiance.
  • To expel or force out as by a snort.
  • n. A loud abrupt sound produced by forcing air through the nostrils.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
  • v. make a snorting sound by exhaling hard
  • v. inhale recreational drugs
  • v. inhale through the nose
  • v. indicate contempt by breathing noisily and forcefully through the nose
  • n. a disrespectful laugh


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Middle English snorten, to snort, from fnorten, variant of fnoren; see snore.



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  • All of those, so called, pronunciations, are incorrect, by the way.

    November 19, 2009

  • Ah, ha, ha! Would that I could, Pro! We don't have the voice recording technology yet on The Porch! Stay tuned! And thanks for the props!

    November 19, 2009

  • I'd like dontcry to record her famous *snort*.

    November 19, 2009

  • Number one on my human animal voices list.

    April 1, 2009

  • ...a tiny disc round her neck

    at which you stare from three inches

    whilst snorting in copulation.

    - Peter Reading, Amulet, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 28, 2008