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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


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


snouted \ ˈsnau̇-​təd How to pronounce snouted (audio) \ adjective
snoutish \ ˈsnau̇-​tish How to pronounce snoutish (audio) \ adjective
snouty \ ˈsnau̇-​tē How to pronounce snouty (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 Another hour is devoted to weird varieties of sharks, such as the goblin, with its long snout and razor-sharp teeth; and the carpet species, which blends into the plant life and sand before unleashing its lethal bite on unsuspecting prey. Jeanne Jakle,, "Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has competition this summer from Sharkest on Nat Geo Wild," 6 Aug. 2020 This led to a dry, chapped snout that looked pretty painful. Christine Hayes, USA TODAY, "15 things that can make life easier for elderly dogs," 29 July 2020 Its 15-foot-long body size, a shorter and stronger snout, tooth wear and vertebral formation indicated that Ankylorhiza was the first Odontocete predator that could eat both small- and large-bodied prey and swim faster than other whales. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "An extinct giant dolphin behaved like a killer whale, study finds," 9 July 2020 The fossils of the first Ankylorhiza were discovered in the latter part of the 19th century, including a snout fossil. Fox News, "Prehistoric 15-foot dolphin acted like modern-day killer whales, researchers say," 11 July 2020 Zhenyuanlong is fairly large for a close relative of birds, two metres long from snout to tail. Stephen Brusatte, Scientific American, "New Fossil Reveals Velociraptor Sported Feathers," 17 July 2015 The mother would have been at least 23 feet long from the tip of its snout to its tail. Fox News, "World’s largest reptile egg discovered on Antarctica," 18 June 2020 Glowing red eyes glower from beneath a spiked mask of deep aubergine, a lethal spike slicing up from the snout like a gargantuan Japanese horned beetle. Seija Rankin,, "Get a first look at Ryan La Sala's anticipated sophomore novel, Be Dazzled," 18 June 2020 In order to lay an egg like this, the creature would need to be more than 200 feet long from snout to the end of its body — not including the tail. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Fossil egg discoveries, including one in Antarctica, show dinosaurs and marine reptiles laid soft-shell eggs," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of snout


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


1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snout


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

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“Snout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snout

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


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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


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Medical Definition of snout

: a long projecting nose (as of a swine)

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