snout

noun
\ ˈsnau̇t How to pronounce snout (audio) \

Definition of snout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a long projecting nose (as of a swine)
(2) : an anterior prolongation of the head of various animals (such as a weevil) : rostrum
b : the human nose especially when large or grotesque
2 : something resembling an animal's snout in position, function, or shape: such as
a : prow
b : nozzle
c : the terminal face of a glacier

snout

verb
snouted; snouting; snouts

Definition of snout (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to dig or search with or as if with the snout These whales feed by snouting around in soft ocean bottoms …— Elizabeth Quill The bear was on a low-level hunting mission … and snouted around for anything to fuel a furnace-like appetite …— Danny Buckland … help us to visualize precisely [Ignatius] Sancho stomping through his house, snouting about in every corner, pausing only to curse his increasingly irritating failure to track down the newspapers he is searching for.— S. S. Sanhu

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Other Words from snout

Noun

snouted \ ˈsnau̇-​təd How to pronounce snout (audio) \ adjective
snoutish \ ˈsnau̇-​tish How to pronounce snout (audio) \ adjective
snouty \ ˈsnau̇-​tē How to pronounce snout (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for snout

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of snout in a Sentence

Noun The dog raised his snout and sniffed. a punch in the snout
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The coyote had distinctive features, including a scar on its snout. Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 2021 Along with celebrating edible plants found in the wild, Bergo's root-to-flower cooking embraces a whole-plant mentality, just as the tail-to-snout movement encourages cooks to utilize every part of the animal. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 11 June 2021 Your dog will need to use her paws, snout, and mind to wiggle these squeaky, plush chipmunks out of their log. Hannah Harper, Health.com, 14 May 2021 Toe bones, the upper jaw and snout of the fossilized remains of a tyrannosaur skeleton found in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 2017. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Apr. 2021 Wolves have a grayish black coat with small ears and a broad snout. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, 24 Nov. 2020 Officials with the Arizona Game and Fish Department had been searching for the javelina entrapped by its snout since Saturday, according to a tweet from the department. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2021 Over time, Floyd started to approach Ronnie gingerly, eventually crawling on the floor to touch her, his nose to her snout. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 Its snout was somewhat stunted compared to other predators but was still lined with incredibly sharp, dagger-like teeth. Mike Wehner, BGR, 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of snout

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snout

Noun

Middle English snute; akin to Middle Dutch snūt snout, German Schnauze

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The first known use of snout was in the 13th century

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29 Jul 2021

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“Snout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snout. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for snout

snout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snout

: the long nose of some animals (such as pigs)
informal + humorous : the nose of a person

snout

noun
\ ˈsnau̇t How to pronounce snout (audio) \

Kids Definition of snout

1 : the projecting part of an animal's face that includes the nose or nose and mouth
2 : a usually large and ugly human nose

snout

noun
\ ˈsnau̇t How to pronounce snout (audio) \

Medical Definition of snout

: a long projecting nose (as of a swine)

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