Origin of snoot
Words nearby snoot
What does snoot mean?
This sense of snoot is always used negatively. It refers to a person who thinks they have better taste or higher standards than other people and treats them in a condescending way because of it. The adjective snooty is much more commonly used than the noun snoot.
Much less commonly, snoot can be used as a verb meaning “to act snobbily towards.”
Snoot is also a slang term for a nose or snout (and in fact it originated as a variant of the word snout). This sense of snoot is usually used very informally, especially as a cutesy way of referring to a dog’s snout, as in Aw, look at you—I just want to boop your snoot!
Example: When it comes to dog snouts, I’m a bit of a snoot—I just love a big honking snoot and nothing else will do!
Where does snoot come from?
The first records of snoot referring to a nose come from the 1860s. It’s simply a variant of the word snout, meaning “the nose or muzzle of an animal.” The word snout comes from the German Schnauze, which is also the basis of schnauzer, a name for a type of dog. (The slang word schnoz, referring to a big nose, is probably related.)
Fittingly, a snoot is someone who looks down their nose at others—or turns up their nose at them. The word snot can also refer to a snob, and the adjective snotty can mean the same thing as snooty. Both snot and snotty are also nose-related, deriving from the German schneuzen, “to blow one’s nose.”
Did you know ... ?
What are some other forms related to snoot?
- snooty (adjective)
What are some synonyms for snoot?
What are some words that share a root or word element with snoot?
What are some words that often get used in discussing snoot?
How is snoot used in real life?
When it refers to a person, snoot is an insult. It’s used less commonly than the adjective snooty.
Like I never got to really enjoy Hilary Duff's singing career because I was too busy being a total snoot.
— BLM✨Pumpkin Spice Babe✨ (@Mitteango) March 20, 2015
— holly (@hollysue) October 20, 2015
the human rolled a ball. right by my snoot. signaling the start of playtime. but there’s no time for that. i have way more important things going on right now. like monitoring this skittle. under the fridge
— Thoughts of Dog® (@dog_feelings) April 10, 2018
Try using snoot!
Which of the following words is a synonym of snoot?
D. all of the above
How to use snoot in a sentence
Well, you hit Linski in the snoot, so what are you— Sit still!Ramsey Milholland|Booth Tarkington
If he didn't have that big typesetter from Albany over at the Banner office to back him up I'd go over an' bust his snoot fer him.The Daughter of Anderson Crow|George Barr McCutcheon
He never stopped to snoot and paw up the ground and sob himself into bronchitis over old Rienzi.Remarks|Bill Nye
John Toomey got hit with a hockey block rite in the snoot and broke his nose.The Real Diary of a Real Boy|Henry A. Shute
You have to cotch him by the snoot so he won't squeal, and clomp him tight while you knife him.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration