snout

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noun

1
a(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 adjective
snoutish adjective
snouty adjective

snout

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verb

snouted; snouting; snouts

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

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
Beyond having the same senses as humans, white sharks also have cells in their snout that can detect electrical pulses, as well as cells on their body for detecting pressure changes in the water. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 The gator can be seen almost completely submerged in the frozen body of water, with only parts of the top of its tail sticking out – as well as the very tip of its snout through a hole in the ice. Li Cohen, CBS News, 22 Jan. 2024 The suspect, who police said threw a metal object that slashed the 2-year-old dog’s snout, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and injuring a peace officer’s animal. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2023 With its characteristic beak-like snout, the beaked sea snake is found mainly in the tropical Indo-Pacific region. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 7 Nov. 2023 Psittacosaurus is a type of bipedal ceratopsian dinosaur—an early relative of dinosaurs such as Triceratops—with a large beak-like snout and spiky tail bristles. Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 18 July 2023 This isn’t always a problem for breeds with big snouts like German shepherds, but pugs and French bulldogs often have dental issues as a result of all these teeth competing for space in their mouths. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 While not as extreme in proportions as the outgoing AMG that rode on its own front mid-engine/rear transaxle platform, this second-gen coupe, built on the current Mercedes-Benz SL platform, still looks the part—long of snout, short of tail, crouched, and ready to pounce. Peter Bleakney, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 As a photo of its injury circulated, residents speculated about the ghastly incident that had stripped half its snout and fretted over the gator’s health. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2023
Verb
Puppy wobbles forward, bonks snout on plexiglass. Daniel Dorsa, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1857, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Snout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snout. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

snout

noun
1
a
: a long nose or muzzle (as of a pig) that sticks out
b
: a front part of the head of an animal that sticks out like the snout of a pig
c
: the human nose especially when large or ugly
2
: something resembling a snout
snouted adjective

Medical Definition

snout

noun
: a long projecting nose (as of a swine)

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