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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

Other Words from snout


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 Coral snakes will almost always have a black snout, while kingsnakes will have a red nose and face. Dennis Pillion |, al, 15 Aug. 2022 Training a light on its snout, Kautz carefully slipped a long cotton swab into the bear’s nostrils five times. Laura Ungar,, 30 Mar. 2022 The larger gator lies still for a few seconds before reaching its snout into the air and slamming the other gator into the water. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2022 Lilo is tossed inflatable basketballs and predicts game winners by hitting the balls with her snout into one of the buckets. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 May 2022 Rosie honks a horn with her snout, dances by weaving in and out of Breen’s legs, high-fives, sits on command, and gives kisses. David Hill, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 If your dog isn’t a strong swimmer, tires easily, or has a short snout, also look for a front flotation pad to keep his head out of the water if he becomes incapacitated. Kelley Rebori, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2022 Pakicetus, for example, was a wolf-sized animal with four legs, a long snout, and a big tail. Devon Bidal, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Feb. 2022 Affix a larger acorn cap with hot glue to create a snout nose. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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3 Sep 2022

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“Snout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for snout


\ 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


\ ˈsnau̇t How to pronounce snout (audio) \

Medical Definition of snout

: a long projecting nose (as of a swine)

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