intr.v. snored, snor·ing, snores
To breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate.
1. The act or an instance of snoring.
2. The noise so produced.
[Middle English snoren, to snort, from fnoren, from Old English fnora, sneezing; see pneu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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