\ ˈsnau̇t How to pronounce snout (audio) \

Definition of snout

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

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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


beak, conk [chiefly British slang], honker [slang], neb, nose, nozzle [slang], proboscis, schnoz (or schnozz) [slang], schnozzle [slang], smeller, snoot

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Examples of snout in a Sentence

The dog raised his snout and sniffed. a punch in the snout

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Shadow was brought to Cottonwood Animal Hospital to be treated for severe snout disfigurement. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Woman Allegedly Tortured Puppy by Clamping Snout Shut With Hair Tie Because Dog Was 'Whining'," 24 June 2019 Some male fans at RFK Stadium would wear dresses and fake pig snouts to honor their Hogs. Simmi Buttar,, "The NFL has had great nicknames in its history. Here are some of the best.," 14 June 2019 Unlike humpbacks, Baird’s beak whales have a globular head from which a long, snout-like beak then extends, hence the name. Tom Stienstra,, "Whales, killer sharks steal some of U.S. Open’s thunder in Monterey Bay," 12 June 2019 The girl’s chin jutted out defiantly, her nose looked like a snout, and her eyes were half closed as if shutting out the world. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Little Dancer Aged Fourteen’ Review: Rat-Girl of the Paris Opera," 16 Nov. 2018 Over and over again, the dolphin pushed a newborn calf, almost certainly her own, away from the observers' boat and against the current with her snout and pectoral fins. Barbara J. King, Scientific American, "Humans Are Not the Only Creatures Who Mourn," 23 May 2017 Saigas’ elongated snouts may have also played a role in why so many animals died. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Over 200,000 Endangered Antelope Suddenly Die Thanks to … Weird Weather?," 18 Jan. 2018 One video shows the tip of a raccoon's snout sticking out just above the surface of the water. CBS News, "Teacher should be fired for drowning raccoons, superintendent says," 17 May 2018 Use buttercream to attach a pink Necco wafer or a small circle of pink fruit chew for the snout, then pipe small brown buttercream vertical lines for nostrils. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spring Animal Cupcakes," 7 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of snout

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

History and Etymology for snout

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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English Language Learners Definition of snout

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


\ 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


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Medical Definition of snout

: a long projecting nose (as of a swine)

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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