[ snout ]
/ snaʊt /


the part of an animal's head projecting forward and containing the nose and jaws; muzzle.
Entomology. an anterior prolongation of the head bearing the mouth parts, as in snout beetles.
anything that resembles or suggests an animal's snout in shape, function, etc.
a nozzle or spout.
a person's nose, especially when large or prominent.

Origin of snout

1175–1225; Middle English snute; cognate with Dutch snuite, German Schnauze
Related formssnout·ed, adjectivesnout·less, adjectivesnout·like, adjectiveun·snout·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snout


/ (snaʊt) /


Derived Formssnouted, adjectivesnoutless, adjectivesnoutlike, adjective

Word Origin for snout

C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse snyta, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snūte
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Word Origin and History for snout



early 13c., "trunk or projecting nose of an animal," from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch snute "snout," from Proto-Germanic *snut- (cf. German Schnauze, Norwegian snut, Danish snude "snout"), which Watkins traces to a hypothetical Germanic root *snu- forming words having to do with the nose, imitative of a sudden drawing of breath (cf. Old English gesnot "nasal mucus;" German schnauben "pant, puff, snort" (Austrian dialect), schnaufen "breathe heavily, pant," Schnupfen "cold in the head"). Of other animals and (contemptuously) of humans from c.1300.

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