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noun (1)

ˈsnu̇k How to pronounce snook (audio)
plural snook or snooks
: a large vigorous bony fish (Centropomus undecimalis of the family Centropomidae) of coastal and brackish waters of the southern U.S. to Brazil that is an important food and sport fish
: any of various marine fishes of the same family as the snook


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noun (2)

: a gesture of derision made by thumbing the nose

Examples of snook in a Sentence

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Bigger fish — jacks, snook — were swimming in spirals or upside down in the shallow waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2024 Gray snapper and snook are extremely intolerant to low water temperatures and will be probable casualties in the coming days. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Feb. 2021 His catches this past week consisted of peacock bass up to 5.5 pounds, snook, and largemouth bass to six pounds, chain pickerel, clown knife fish, grass carp and Mayan cichlids. Alan Sherman, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Why: Miller says that all the snook will ultimately make their way to inlets to stage before running the beaches to spawn. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 14 Mar. 2024 The sawfish deaths are coinciding with a larger fish kill first noticed in November in the waters off Big Pine Key through Key West that’s so far impacted more than 20 species, from silver mullet to tarpon, snook, mangrove snappers and even lemon sharks. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 28 Feb. 2024 The inside waters, where the islands protect you from the wind, are holding some snappers, ladyfish, sea trout, jacks and a few snook and redfish. Alan Sherman, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The book has chapters on sharks, tunas, dolphin, sailfish, kingfish, grouper, tarpon and snook. Steve Waters, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The 2-inch models are bass and walleye killers, while the jumbo 9-inch model is a slayer of cow striped bass, cobia, and trophy snook. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 4 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

Dutch snoek pike, snook

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snook was in 1697

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“Snook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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