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a. A rough, noisy sound made by breathing forcefully through the nostrils, as a horse or pig does.
b. A similar sound: the snort of a steam engine.
2. Slang
a. A drink of liquor, especially when swallowed in one gulp.
b. Cocaine or heroin, especially a small amount sniffed at one time.
c. The liquor or drug so taken.
v. snort·ed, snort·ing, snorts
a. To breathe noisily and forcefully through the nostrils.
b. To make a sound resembling noisy exhalation: "The wind snorted across the Kansas plains" (Gail Sheehy).
2. To make an abrupt noise expressive of scorn, ridicule, or contempt.
3. To ingest a drug, such as cocaine or heroin, by sniffing.
1. To express by snorting: He snorted his disapproval.
2. To ingest by sniffing: snorted cocaine.

[From Middle English snorten, to snort, from fnorten, variant of fnoren; see snore.]

snort′er n.
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Noun1.snorting - an act of forcible exhalationsnorting - an act of forcible exhalation  
breathing out, exhalation, expiration - the act of expelling air from the lungs
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References in classic literature ?
Panting and snorting like a mad battle steed that has lost its rider, the masterless ocean overruns the globe.
As a white ox would I like to see him, which, snorting and lowing, walketh before the plough-share: and his lowing should also laud all that is earthly!
Aware of her enemy, Lady Tippins tries a youthful sally or two, and tries the eye- glass; but, from the impenetrable cap and snorting armour of the stoney aunt all weapons rebound powerless.
That charge carried both herds out into the plain, goring and stamping and snorting. Mowgli watched his time, and slipped off Rama's neck, laying about him right and left with his stick.
The running of the horses that have broken loose; the snorting, stamping, and rearing of those which remain fast; the howling of dogs; the yelling of Indians; the scampering of white men, and red men, with their guns; the overturning of lodges, and trampling of fires by the horses; the flashes of the fires, lighting up forms of men and steeds dashing through the gloom, altogether make up one of the wildest scenes of confusion imaginable.
The Peterborough MP, 35, uses a card to fake cut a line of imaginary cocaine then mimes snorting it.
The disgusting challenge involves snorting an unwrapped condom up one nostril, then pulling it from the throat and out the mouth.
And he was shocked to discover the hidden cameras had captured Harris snorting lines of amphetamine on a number of occasions in front of the man and also denying him his vital anti-psychotic medication.
A MAYOR has insisted he will not resign after being caught on camera snorting a white substance inside a toilet cubicle.
A MAN who made pig snorting noises towards a hotel worker, assuming he was a Muslim, has been convicted of racially aggravated harassment.
My supervisor, who sits beside me, has a frequent habit of making a revolting snorting noise, like he is clearing his nose.
In 2005 her career was in peril because of photos of her snorting cocaine in a recording studio while dating Pete Doherty.