Definition of snort in English:



  • 1An explosive sound made by the sudden forcing of breath through one's nose, used to express indignation, derision, or incredulity.

    ‘he gave a snort of disgust’
    • ‘A slight snort came from the Japanese boy.’
    • ‘The acknowledgment was merely a snort and some derisive laughter.’
    • ‘After blinking in surprise, Tyler recovers with a snort of disbelief.’
    • ‘Now it was my turn to make the snort of disbelief.’
    • ‘Conner didn't even try to suppress the snort that erupted.’
    • ‘They're happy to point out our ignorance with snorts of contempt.’
    • ‘I was pulled out of my trance as she let out a derisive snort.’
    • ‘On the other end of the line, I heard him suppress a snort.’
    • ‘A few snorts came from the class but the vice-principal didn't seem to notice.’
    • ‘Angela stifled a snort as she and Sara examined my fluffy pink bunny slippers.’
    • ‘I muffled a snort into the back of my hand.’
    • ‘But instead, she had not even a disdainful snort to give.’
    • ‘An incredulous snort came from Chris, and I gave him dirty look that silenced him up.’
    • ‘They both burst out laughing and were doing so with so much energy and force that everyone came running in to see them just sitting there, holding there stomachs and gasping for breath between snorts and laughs.’
    • ‘Her eyes came to rest back on her own partner, and she suppressed a snort.’
    • ‘To this I expect to hear snorts of derision.’
    • ‘With a disgusted snort, Jack stormed out of the dining room.’
    • ‘A disbelieving snort escaped me and I shook him again.’
    • ‘I heard what sounded like a faint snort of disgust from Dad.’
    • ‘His father had made a lot of disgusted snorts in response to it.’
    1. 1.1A snorting sound made by an animal, typically when excited or frightened.
      ‘she could hear the occasional snort of a pony’
      • ‘Just then, I heard the snort of a horse, and someone dismounting onto the gravel.’
      • ‘It trembles even more, and gives a frightened snort.’
      • ‘Its snorts and whinnies were frantic; its eyes rolling white.’
      • ‘Adam gave a soft whistle as he entered the barn and was pleased to hear an answering snort from Sport.’
      • ‘Parking my truck in the lane, I went through the gate and made it about half way across the pasture, thermal jump suit, deer rifle and all, when I heard a snort and the sound of hooves.’
      • ‘Neighs, whinnies, and snorts, along with the clip-clop of hooves as the horses tore through the camp, made it all but impossible to hear.’
      • ‘The only sounds he heard were the crickets chirping, the manes and tails being swished about and the occasional grunts and snorts from the animals that occupy the stables.’
      • ‘Behind her, I hear a soft snort and look to see a second horse - this one a shaggy-coated white pony, a male.’
      • ‘The mare, having heard the same noise, gave a nervous snort, stamping her hooves anxiously.’
      • ‘Her fears were put to rest though, when instead the white mare continued to pace up and down her now worn out stall floor, giving the occasional snort of what seemed to be frustration.’
      • ‘They are quiet animals but may exchange snorts, snarls, burps and grunts.’
      • ‘The closest thing I ever heard to the sound was a deer snort, but it wasn't the same.’
      • ‘For a long time, all that could be heard were the snorts of the horses and the cattle's shouts from the darkness.’
      • ‘He could play for her any musical instrument, knew all music by heart, all birdsong, the purr, growl, snort, or whine of each and every animal.’
      • ‘He made the trees, then turned to his left as he heard the snort of a horse.’
      • ‘There was an awkward silence where it was only broken by the horse's occasional snorts.’
    2. 1.2informal A quantity of an illegal drug, especially cocaine, inhaled in powdered form through the nose.
      ‘they were high on a few snorts’
      • ‘A single snort of cocaine triggers a week-long surge of activity in the brain's addiction centre, scientists said yesterday.’
      • ‘Eddie starts every moment with two snorts up each nostril.’
      • ‘Maybe after a jigger of scotch and a snort of ecstasy, you'll be more inclined to eat and enjoy these pretzels.’
    3. 1.3informal A measure of an alcoholic drink.
      ‘a bottle of rum was opened and they took a good long snort’
      • ‘Marvin lifts a bottle of vodka and takes several snorts without setting the camera down.’


  • 1 Make a sudden explosive sound through one's nose, especially to express indignation or derision.

    ‘she snorted with laughter’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘How perfectly ridiculous!’ he snorted’
    • ‘Snorting in annoyance, he dropped the thoughts from his mind.’
    • ‘He stared at her, then curled his lip upward and snorted derisively.’
    • ‘She snorts slightly with laughter, burying her head into Shane's neck, her eyebrows arched.’
    • ‘She snorted in disbelief when she noticed his books were even in alphabetical order.’
    • ‘Isabelle scanned the letter, raised her eyebrows and passed it off to Ash, who snorted with laughter.’
    • ‘The man gave him a snide look as he snorted in contempt.’
    • ‘I snorted out loud, and then immediately realized what I'd done.’
    • ‘The camera rocked as Daisy first snorted then burst with laughter.’
    • ‘Drake snorted with laughter again as I hung up on him, feeling nervous.’
    • ‘Lydia snorted in derision and yanked her arm out of his grasp.’
    • ‘I just read one of his posts about smoking in the rain and I snorted out loud at work.’
    • ‘I snorted in amusement, and picked up the coffee mug I'd abandoned earlier.’
    • ‘I snorted derisively from my spot in the darkest corner of the large room.’
    • ‘Adam snorted derisively and stepped away and up the slope from Joe.’
    • ‘The man snorted in disgust and superior amusement.’
    • ‘Derek snorted indignantly, and returned to his own amusements.’
    • ‘One of the soldiers, a tall man with blonde hair, snorted derisively at her.’
    • ‘I stared at her, then snorted with laughter.’
    • ‘His best friend just snorted in reply but mumbled a thanks.’
    • ‘And the temptation here is to snort in derision and ask: not difficult enough?’
    1. 1.1(of an animal) make a sudden explosive sound through the nose, especially when excited or frightened.
      ‘the horse came to a halt, snorting’
      • ‘The great beast snorted again and shook her head.’
      • ‘The horse snorted as she looked at her prey and waited for praise.’
      • ‘The beast snorted angrily at the cloaked men, and Tim had a hard job of keeping it from lunging.’
      • ‘The Unicorn snorted loudly and pawed the ground, throwing up clods of dirt and grass.’
      • ‘The large mammal snorted, as a voice spoke suddenly from atop the beast.’
      • ‘The dark grey stallion snorted in reply and picked up speed, galloping through the lush, wet morning grass onwards away from the camp.’
      • ‘The beasts snorted in their annoyance, looking at her with huge eyes and shifting a bit.’
      • ‘The mare snorted again and then took off into the trees, a beacon of pearly white in the gray.’
      • ‘His mare was already snorting at being held from the wrong side.’
      • ‘The mare snorted and pawed the ground, wanting to run again.’
      • ‘A few frazzled minutes later, Val was mounting up, the grey mare snorting, but keeping a curious eye on her surroundings, as though she couldn't believe she was finally outside.’
      • ‘The stallion snorted and continued to paw, but as she stared, he slowed, then stopped.’
      • ‘The excitement is palpable as we queue up, as is the strong scent of ammonia from the horses and bulls snorting eagerly in the paddocks.’
      • ‘She froze in her sleeping bag as a very large creature snorted outside the tent.’
      • ‘The snow tiger snorted, growled, and then opened his eyes to a world of purple.’
      • ‘As his horse snorted at the many figures surrounding them the hunter realized there were too few people there.’
      • ‘The beast snorted irritably and kicked its hooves through the unfortunate goblin's abdomen.’
      • ‘Isaac pulled on the leather reins and the dappled horse snorted and came to a halt.’
      • ‘A white horse snorted loudly as it disappeared around a corner.’
    2. 1.2informal [with object]Inhale (the powdered form of an illegal drug, especially cocaine) through the nose.
      ‘Debbie had spent the evening snorting cocaine and drinking’
      • ‘If your performance is being impaired by snorting cocaine or drinking too much you could be subject to disciplinary procedures anyway.’
      • ‘I became an alcoholic and began to deal in drugs, even snorting cocaine and crack.’
      • ‘I was so naive that I didn't know you could snort heroin.’
      • ‘He said those who snorted the drug often suffered nosebleeds because blood vessels in the nostrils were inflamed by the powder.’
      • ‘Christine reverts back to her old habits - snorting cocaine and popping pills - in an effort to assuage her horrible tragedy.’
      • ‘For some reason I think maybe he was snorting heroin.’
      • ‘Just think of the people that would roll them up and snort drugs with a $20 bill.’
      • ‘She realized how absurd it was to be pleased someone was complimenting the way she snorted drugs, but it didn't stop the glow that she felt.’
      • ‘If it gets out that she snorts cocaine, teenage girls will think it's cool to snort cocaine.’
      • ‘Five days earlier, the patient had similarly become breathless after snorting heroin, but she improved after inhaling albuterol and did not seek medical care.’
      • ‘He was hopelessly addicted to coffee, cigarettes, and other drugs: he would snort heroin and then pray for the courage to resist its temptation.’
      • ‘She then returns home to yell at her Ecuadorian nanny, ignore her kids and snort hard drugs until she falls asleep and has to do it all over again.’
      • ‘He snorted the drug or smoked crack cocaine three to five times a week.’
      • ‘He just snorted too much cocaine, and things got out of hand.’
      • ‘He'd seen him the other day snorting cocaine or some other drug in an alley on his way back from school.’
      • ‘Losing his battle with sobriety, the fictional Ellis drinks vodka like a fish and snorts cocaine.’
      • ‘A camera whirls around a hedonistic fancy dress party where people snort drugs off heaving bosoms.’
      • ‘I think that's a large part of the reason he snorts coke.’
      • ‘Did anyone think that rather than snort coke she would sip cocoa?’
      • ‘Everyone is sucked in and sells out and snorts coke.’


Late Middle English (as a verb, also in the sense ‘snore’): probably imitative; compare with snore. The noun dates from the early 19th century.