- 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
Examples from the Web for snout
They noticed a great gaping wound as if done by a sword-cut on his snout.Japanese Fairy World
William Elliot Griffis
Protected by no bony structure the snout of the monster was amputated.
They only allow the end of the snout, or at most the head, to appear.The Industries of Animals
He had his snout thrust out, and was "sniffing" at a great rate.Phil Bradley's Mountain Boys
Silas K. Boone
Pterygium: a lateral expansion of the snout of some Coleoptera.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- the part of the head of a vertebrate, esp a mammal, consisting of the nose, jaws, and surrounding region, esp when elongated
- the corresponding part of the head of such insects as weevils
- anything projecting like a snout, such as a nozzle or the lower end of a glacier
- slang a person's nose
- Also called: snout moth a brownish noctuid moth, Hypena proboscidalis, that frequents nettles: named from the palps that project prominently from the head at rest
- British slang a cigarette or tobacco
- slang an informer
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.