\ 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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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 Without hesitation, the dolphin lifted herself from the water, landed fully on the mat, and shoved her snout into Martin’s palm. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "National Aquarium dolphins are learning their biggest trick yet — traveling to a new home," 23 May 2018 Cut out a large gray circle to make a snout and glue it in the center of the box. Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Animal Gift Wrap," 8 Oct. 2018 Check out their adorable first encounter: The tiny pig sniffs at the massive dog's snout, jumps up in his face and does a half lap around the Great Dane before nibbling at his back. Rori Kotch, Country Living, "This Miniature Pig and Great Dane Win the Award For Cutest Friendship," 16 July 2015 In sisig baboy, the chef, Carmen Sta Maria (pronounced Santa Maria), foregoes the usual pig ears, jowl and snout for pork belly and crumbled chicharrón, to evoke the crunch, if not the chewiness, of cartilage. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Filipino Specialty Best Paired With a Brew in the East Village," 5 July 2018 The ligament molecule was introduced to the existing genetic pathway in a different species of cichlid that did not have the snout, Albertson said. Laney Ruckstuhl,, "Fish with a ‘big schnoz’ helps UMass scientists understand strange genetic traits," 19 June 2018 For example, one of the most distinctive features of a bird is its beak, but fossil records show that dinosaurs definitely had snouts with razor sharp teeth. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The Real Science of Bringing Back the Dinosaurs," 20 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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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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