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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SNORT, n.2 Also snurt. [snort, snʌrt]

1. Nasal mucus (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928), Sh. 1971, snurt).

2. The burnt part of a candle-wick (Sh. 1921).

3. A term of abuse or contempt, applied to persons. Deriv. snorty, shiftless, useless (Cai. 1971).Sc. c.1800 The Nightingale 2:
Fye upon the filthy snort, There's o'er monny wooing at her.
Cai. 1922 J. Horne Poems 43:
They [teachers] divna turn oot scholars noo, but snorty, feckless feels!

4. Nonce dim. snortie, a blowing or clearing of the nose, phs. rather to be associated with Eng. snort.Edb. 1856 J. Ballantine Poems 9:
The City Guard sae proud an' dorty, Wad gie their Highland beaks a snortie.

[A variant of Snot, with intensive r, no doubt influenced by Eng. snort.]

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