1. (US, also up-snorter) ‘a dashing, riotous fellow’ (Bartlett, Dict. Americanisms).
|Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) 20 Oct. 3/1: I am just what you may call a real snorter [...] I can out eat, out drink, out work,out grin, out snort [...] out lie, any thing in the shape of man or beast.|
|Love Match 111: Why, when he comes he'll make us die o’ laughing! [...] He's a snorter ! — a regulor out-and-out snorter! What capital company he must be!|
|Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 1 Apr. 7/4: Furguson, a ‘up-snorter’ from Roaring Forks, Col. [...] was arrested on a charge of having played every body he knew In town for a sucker.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 10 July 3/6: There is a boy named Dick, / Some say he is a snorter .|
2. a gale, a stiff breeze.
|Voyage to S. America 30: Whew! this is a snorter; and we must keep well aft, or else a sea from over the bows there, will throw us off our legs, or a spray give us a drencher to freshen our eyelids.|
|Private jrnl Voyage from N.Y. 173: Some one [...] had accidentally cast off the painter of my boat, and the South wind having suddenly freshened into a snorter, I had quietly drifted out to sea.|
|Brother Jonathan 5 257/1: Captin Tyler he shook out his white hankecher a leetle easy, and arter nussin his nose in it a minit, he gin a snorter of a blow.|
|Cape Ann Fisherman in Dict. Americanisms n.p.: The skipper said... we must make all snug, fur we’re going to have a snorter [F&H].|
|Season Ticket 292: It was a rael snorter, I tell you. Lord! It blew her great dingy bonnet right slap off her head.|
|Illus. London News 26 Sept. 7/1: [pic. cpation] A ‘Snorter’ in the Bay of Biscay.|
|Illus. Police News 13 Feb. 12/1: ‘A rough night before us, I expect, captain.’ ‘Yes [...] we shall have a regular snorter by and by’.Dead Man’s Gold in|
3. anyone, occas. any thing exceptionally large, strong, violent etc.
|Crockett Almanacks (1955) 76: He swore he was a regular snorter, half-horse, half-alligator.in Meine|
|Gleaner (Manchester, NH) 6 May n.p.: [of a newspaper story] Look out next week — a snorter is in the pot cooking [ibid.] 24 Junee n.p.: Look out Ira for a real snorter — rich, racy, and oh! how nice the fit.|
|Mysteries of the Backwoods 183: ‘I’m a roaring earthquake in a fight,’ sung out one of the half-horse, half-alligator sort of fellows, ‘a real snorter of the universe. I can strike as hard as fourth proof lightning, and keep it up, rough and tumble, as long as a wild cat.’.|
|(con. 1843) White-Jacket (1990) 64: On the larboard hand was Mess No. 31, made up entirely of foretop-men, a dashing, blazeaway set of man-of-war’s-men, who called themselves the Cape Horn Snorters and Neversink Invincibles.|
|Donaldsonville Chief (LA) 27 Oct. 1/3: I’m the snorter from the boundless prairie.|
|Eli Perkins: Thirty Years of Wit 295: I’m a howler from the prairies of the West [...] I’m chain-lightning; if I ain’t, may I be blessed. I’m the snorter of the boundless perarie [sic].|
|Sun (NY) 15 May 17/5: ‘Did you whang at a bear?’ [...] ‘I should say so! And an old snorter he was, I tell you!’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 2 July 4/8: By gosh! [...] He’s a snorter.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 30 June 4/8: Mac being a snorter for duty, and a terror to sly-groggers, prad pirates and camp ratters.|
|DN IV:iii 202: snorter, a stentorian braggart. ‘He’s a snorter when he’s riz.’.‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in|
|Tell England (1965) 313: Oh, the moon shines bright on Mrs. Porter / And on her daughter, / A regular snorter.|
|(con. 1840s) Ye Olde Fire Laddies 160: Number Six has come on deck / With a new assistant sec., / Do ye mind? / He’s as dirty as its water, / Tho’ he thinks himself a snorter.|
|Sussex Agric. Exp. 8 Apr. n.p.: [of a dog] He did not know the breed of the dog but thought it a rare one. ‘A snorter, I believe’.|
|Yorks Eve. Post 31 Jan. 6/1: His left hook is a ‘snorter.’ His right not his best punch.|
|One Wet Season 10: Blue Bob was a ‘snorter,’ whistled like a horse every time he talked.|
4. in fig. use.
|Life and Recollections of Yankee Hill 122: There’s one story the old man used to tell about Boston, that was a real snorter: he always used to laugh afore he begun.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Jan. 4/4: In a recent letter to the Freeman – and a regular snorter, too – Mr. Butler says:- ‘When the Herald makes the next attack on the Catholics, she will do well to look a little nearer home.’.|
|Man from Snowy River (1902) 31: The last one they ran was a snorter — / A gallop to gladden one’s heart.‘Our New Horse’ in|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Dec. 25/3: Next day was a snorter. ’Bout 112 in the shade an’ write yer own ticket in the sun.|
|Poison Gas Feb. I:1 8: And then there is ‘Tiger’s Cub’ at the Garrick Theatre. Now this ought to be a regular snorter.|
|Hull Dly Mail 23 May 5/3: Michael Redgrave [...] is being patiently groomed as a glamour boy, we suspect occasionally the dialogue rips out a snorter .|
|Derby Dly Teleg. 2 Apr. 8/2: [headline] Budget Will Be a ‘Snorter’.|
|Jeeves in the Offing 110: This letter of which I speak. It was a snorter.|
|All Bull 238: Write to them a snorter and tell ’em to look their bloody files up and sort out their backlog.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 194: snorter Hot day. A ringtail snorter is an exceptionally hot day or any other exceptional thing. ANZ C20.|
5. a difficulty, an unpleasant situation.
|Web of the Spider 237: ‘What’s to become of me, then?’ asked Ida. [...] ‘Well,’ he said, ‘that’s rather a snorter. I dunno’ where we could put you.’.|
|Pitcher in Paradise 95: ‘Had a good day?’ ‘Oh no, a regular snorter!’.|
|Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 7 Jan. 2/3: [in clay pigeon shooting] Herbert got a snorter [...] that dropped full of pellets.|
|Sons O’ Men 10: You may call it what you darn well please, but it’s going to be a snorter.|
|N-Y Tribune 20 Sept. 58/2: Dear Inspector MacDonald [...] This case is a snorter.|
|Third Policeman (1974) 153: A conundrum of inscrutable potentialities, a snorter.|
6. an exceptional person.
|Princeton Union (MN) 22 Nov. 7/1: She as a snorter, too, real jam, and no mistake, a lady.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 14 Feb. 10/1: They Say [...] That oh, Gordon, you’re a snorter.|
7. a severe reprimand.
|Soldier and Dramatist (1916) 60: I wrote my son a snorter as you requested me. It really wasn’t easy [...] and I could just see him looking pleased at getting a letter from Doody and then disappointed at its contents.letter 11 Jan. in|
|Western Dly Press 1 Jan. 4/3: He did not know whether one might write what was called a ‘snorter’ to the Ministry.|
8. (Aus./N.Z.) an ill-tempered, tetchy person.
|Sport (Adelaide) 12 Feb. 5/5: Miss D [...] has started chasing the editor about. Keep away, Mars, she’s a snorter.|
|Transport Workers’s Song Bk 127: If the pannikin’s a ‘snorter’ with a look that’s woebegone [DNZE].|
9. a sausage.
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 183: Sausages are [...] ‘snorters’.|