\ 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

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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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 Their gigantic impeller and a discharge snout that’s low and parallel to the ground will peel even wet leaves right off the surface. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "We Test the Very Best Leaf Blowers You Can Buy," 5 Nov. 2018 Halve and hollow a small orange pumpkin for snout; secure with wood skewers. Halve and hollow a small orange pumpkin for ears, cut flat on one side; secure with toothpicks. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 Named after their short, elephant-like snout, these marine creatures can weigh as much as 5,500 pounds. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Best Places to See Wildlife in the U.S.," 23 Apr. 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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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


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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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