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[snook, snoo k] /snuk, snʊk/
noun, plural (especially collectively) snook (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) snooks.
any basslike fish of the genus Centropomus, especially C. undecimalis, inhabiting waters off Florida and the West Indies and south to Brazil, valued as food and game.
any of several related marine fishes.
Origin of snook1
First recorded in 1690-1700, snook is from the Dutch word snoek


[snoo k, snook] /snʊk, snuk/
a gesture of defiance, disrespect, or derision.
cock a / one's snook, to thumb the nose:
a painter who cocks a snook at traditional techniques.
Also, cock a snoot.
First recorded in 1875-80; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for snook
Historical Examples
  • All efforts to get snook to talk about his hunting exploits were unavailing.

    Adventures in Alaska Samuel Hall Young
  • Then I guess we can find room for you, Mr. snook, went on Jerry.

  • Once Rick saw a snook that would have been worth taking, but the fish sped off into the watery gloom.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • Ned noticed that Mr. snook grasped the sides of the seat with nervous hands, as if he expected something to happen at any moment.

  • All right, answered Mr. snook, who hurried off, looking over his shoulder as if he feared he might see more spiders.

  • His ear was often on the ground that morning and twice he left Jack "to snook" out to the trail and look for tracks.

    In the Days of Poor Richard

    Irving Bacheller
  • And so it came to pass, in due course of time, that the Clyde dropped him at snook's Arm.

  • Nine hours out from snook's Arm and six with the school without pointing a gun!

  • Vanderput and snook, the story dealing with bills of exchange, was the favorite with Mr. Hallam.

    Harriet Martineau Florence Fenwick Miller
  • He is a little man, about five feet high, and is supposed to have called out three people for calling him snooks instead of snook.

    Up the Country Emily Eden
British Dictionary definitions for snook


noun (pl) snook, snooks
any of several large game fishes of the genus Centropomus, esp C. undecimalis of tropical American marine and fresh waters: family Centropomidae (robalos)
(Austral) the sea pike Australuzza novaehollandiae
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch snoek pike


(Brit) cock a snook
  1. to make a rude gesture by putting one thumb to the nose with the fingers of the hand outstretched
  2. to show contempt by being insulting or offensive
Word Origin
C19: of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snook

"derisive gesture," 1791, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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