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snook

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[ snook, snook ]
/ snuk, snʊk /
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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.
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Origin of snook

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First recorded in 1690–1700, snook is from the Dutch word snoek

Other definitions for snook (2 of 2)

snook2
[ snook, snook ]
/ snʊk, snuk /

noun
a gesture of defiance, disrespect, or derision.

Origin of snook

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First recorded in 1875–80; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for snook (1 of 2)

snook1
/ (snuːk) /

noun plural snook or snooks
any of several large game fishes of the genus Centropomus, esp C. undecimalis of tropical American marine and fresh waters: family Centropomidae (robalos)
Australian the sea pike Australuzza novaehollandiae

Word Origin for snook

C17: from Dutch snoek pike

British Dictionary definitions for snook (2 of 2)

snook2
/ (snuːk) /

noun
cock a snook British
  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 for snook

C19: of obscure origin
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