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  1. Vulgar. mucus from the nose.
  2. Informal. a disrespectful or supercilious person.
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Origin of snot

1350–1400; Middle English; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snotte, Old English gesnot, Danish snot
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Historical Examples of snot

  • SNOT, a term of reproach applied to persons by the vulgar when vexed or annoyed.

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British Dictionary definitions for snot


noun (usually considered vulgar)
  1. nasal mucus or discharge
  2. slang a contemptible person
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Word Origin for snot

Old English gesnot; related to Old High German snuzza, Norwegian, Danish snot, German schneuzen to blow one's nose
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Word Origin and History for snot


late 14c., from Old English gesnot "nasal mucus," from Proto-Germanic *snuttan (cf. Old Frisian snotta, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch snotte, Middle Low German snute), from the same base as snout. Old English also had a verb snite "wipe or pick one's nose." Meaning "despicable person" is from 1809.

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snot in Medicine


  1. Nasal mucus; phlegm.
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