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From Middle English snorten, an onomatopoeic variant of Middle English snoren, from Proto-Germanic *snarkjan?, *snark?n?.
snort (plural snorts)
- The sound made by exhaling or inhaling roughly through the nose.
- (slang) A dose of a drug to be snorted. Here, "drug" includes snuff (i.e., pulverized tobacco).
- (slang) A consumed portion of alcoholic drink.
- 1951, Indiana Historical Society Publications (volumes 16-17, page 157)
- Everybody tipped up the jug and took a snort of whisky and followed it with a gourd of cool water. We thought a snort of whisky now and then braced us up some and put a little more lift in us.
- 1978, George G. Gilman, Edge: Red River, Pinnacle Books (1978), ->ISBN, page 45:
- "It won't buy you any wine," Paxton told him.
- "I know that," the drunk replied in an insulted tone. "It's a pussy pass, ain't it?"
- Paxton grinned wearily. "How would you know that? You'd rather have a snort than a screw any day."
- (nautical, Britain) A submarine snorkel.
sound made by exhaling roughly through the nose
dose of drug to be snorted
snort (third-person singular simple present snorts, present participle snorting, simple past and past participle snorted)
- (intransitive) To make a snort; to exhale roughly through the nose.
- She snorted with laughter.
- (transitive) To express or force out by snorting.
- He snorted a derisory reply and turned on his heel.
- (transitive, slang) To inhale (usually a drug) through the nose.
- to snort cocaine
- (intransitive, obsolete) To snore.
c. 1603-1604, William Shakespeare, "The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice", in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [...] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
the snorting citizens
- (intransitive, nautical, of submarines) To sail at periscope depth through the use of a snort or snorkel.
to exhale roughly through the nose
to inhale (usually a drug) through the nose
- second- and third-person singular present indicative of snorren
- (archaic) plural imperative of snorren