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snort / snôrt/ • n. an explosive sound made by the sudden forcing of breath through a person's nose, used to express indignation, derision, or incredulity: he gave a snort of disgust. ∎  a similar sound made by an animal, typically when excited or frightened. ∎  inf. an inhaled dose of an illegal powdered drug, esp. cocaine: they were high on a few snorts. ∎  inf. a measure of an alcoholic drink: a bottle of rum was opened and they took a good long snort. • v. [intr.] make a sudden sound through one's nose, esp. to express indignation or derision: she snorted with laughter | [with direct speech] “How perfectly ridiculous!” he snorted. ∎  (of an animal) make such a sound, esp. when excited or frightened. ∎  [tr.] inf. inhale (an illegal drug).

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