A snort is a sound you make by suddenly exhaling through your nose, especially if you're disgusted by something. Your response to your little brother's tempter tantrum might be a disdainful snort.

You can use the word snort as a noun or a verb — students might find it hard not to snort when they're listening to a boring and endless lecture by their vice principal. You and your friends may also snort with contempt when you're watching a really bad movie. In the fourteenth century, to snort meant to snore — it wasn't until the 1800's that snort came to mean "verbally express contempt."

Definitions of snort

n a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt

Bronx cheer, bird, boo, hiss, hoot, raspberry, razz, razzing
Type of:
call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition

n a disrespectful laugh

snicker, snigger
Type of:
laugh, laughter
the sound of laughing

v make a snorting sound by exhaling hard

“The critic snorted contemptuously”
Type of:
breathe out, exhale, expire
expel air

v indicate contempt by breathing noisily and forcefully through the nose

“she snorted her disapproval of the proposed bridegroom”
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

v inhale through the nose

take a hit
Type of:
do drugs, drug
use recreational drugs

v inhale recreational drugs

“The addict was snorting cocaine almost every day”
Type of:
breathe in, inhale, inspire
draw in (air)

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