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
  1. noun
    a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
    synonyms: Bronx cheer, bird, boo, hiss, hoot, raspberry, razz, razzing
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    type of:
    call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
    a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
  2. noun
    a disrespectful laugh
    synonyms: snicker, snigger
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    type of:
    laugh, laughter
    the sound of laughing
  3. verb
    make a snorting sound by exhaling hard
    “The critic snorted contemptuously”
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    type of:
    breathe out, exhale, expire
    expel air
  4. verb
    indicate contempt by breathing noisily and forcefully through the nose
    “she snorted her disapproval of the proposed bridegroom”
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  5. verb
    inhale through the nose
    synonyms: take a hit
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    type of:
    do drugs, drug
    use recreational drugs
  6. verb
    inhale recreational drugs
    synonyms: huff
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    type of:
    breathe in, inhale, inspire
    draw in (air)
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