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Etymology 1[edit]


snirt (third-person singular simple present snirts, present participle snirting, simple past and past participle snirted)

  1. (Scotland) A suppressed laugh; a sharp intake of breath.
    • 1833, Anonymous, writing in The Dublin University Magazine: A Literary and Political Journal, page 575, "Willie and Pate" :
      "He grins, and snirts, and thraws ye ken -- / I maist could die, wi' laughin."
    • 1837, James Hogg, "Katie Cheyne" in Tales and Sketches, page 172:
      "But ye see there was a great deal of blushing and snirting, and bits of made coughs, as if to keep down a thorough guffau."
    • 1871, William Black, A daughter of Heth: A novel, page 160:
      The Whaup grew very red in the face, and 'snirted' with laughter."

See also: snirtle

Etymology 2[edit]

Blend of snow +‎ dirt


snirt (uncountable)

  1. (Canada, US) Snow that is dirty, often seen by the side of roads and parking lots that have been plowed.
    • 1975, United States House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Related Agencies, Agriculture and Related Agencies Appropriations for 1976, page 175 [1]:
      "We then have what we call 'snirt' storms."
    • 1985, United States House Committee on Agriculture, General Farm Bill of 1985: Hearings Before the Committee on Agriculture, page 924 [2]:
      "Snirt or a mixture of snow and dirt is the term popularly applied to the windrows of dirt along the roads during a Minnesota winter."
    • 1997, William S. Burroughs, Last Words, Grove Press, page 73, ISBN 0802137784:
      "'Snirt' is a thing of the spring."
    • 2004, Dean Norman, Studio Cards: Funny Greeting Cards and People Who Created Them, Trafford Publishing, ISBN 1412017009, page 131:
      "... it wasn't a hard winter. Only a couple of blizzards and snirt and snuss storms."

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