\ˈsnau̇t \

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 \ adjective
snoutish \ˈsnau̇-tish \ adjective
snouty \ˈsnau̇-tē \ adjective

Examples of snout in a Sentence

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

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From snout to tail tip, T. rex was certainly a superlative animal. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "How We Elected T. rex to be Our Tyrant Lizard King," 21 June 2018 Their signature feature is the unusual flat paddle, or rostrum, that extends from the snout and can be half as long as the fish. New York Times, "Hooking the Dinosaur of Fish," 26 May 2018 The fish cannot be specifically targeted and must meet strict size limits: no smaller than 11 inches from snout to tail fork, or larger than 22 inches. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Anglers have fought to protect this fish. So how did it wind up on a Miami Beach menu? | Miami Herald," 15 May 2018 Their blunt snouts and flexible jaws are specially adapted for shoving into shells and sucking out snails. Alejandro Arteaga, National Geographic, "These 5 New Snake Species Suck Snails Out of Their Shells," 14 June 2018 The clever homba with its orange coat, its slim, sharp snout, the lendri with its black striped face, its claws for digging or raking at you, all the elil. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 The shark has a rounded snout, small eyes and a stocky build. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "'Extremely rare' shark seen for first time in a decade at fish market," 20 Apr. 2018 The vulnerable pig-nose turtle has a little snout, two large nostrils, and wide flippers. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Turtle With Green Mohawk Faces Extinction," 13 Apr. 2018 In particular, Labrador retrievers tend to have the excellent snouts that are required for the job. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Police departments are training dogs to sniff out thumb drives," 11 June 2018

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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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Phrases Related to snout

have/get one's nose/snout in the trough

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English Language Learners Definition of snout

: the long nose of some animals (such as pigs)

: 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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