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snout

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

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • He had his snout thrust out, and was "sniffing" at a great rate.

  • Pterygium: a lateral expansion of the snout of some Coleoptera.


British Dictionary definitions for snout

snout

noun
  1. the part of the head of a vertebrate, esp a mammal, consisting of the nose, jaws, and surrounding region, esp when elongated
  2. the corresponding part of the head of such insects as weevils
  3. anything projecting like a snout, such as a nozzle or the lower end of a glacier
  4. slang a person's nose
  5. 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
  6. British slang a cigarette or tobacco
  7. slang an informer
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Derived Formssnouted, adjectivesnoutless, adjectivesnoutlike, adjective

Word Origin

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

n.

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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