\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

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


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of snout in a Sentence

The dog raised his snout and sniffed. a punch in the snout
Recent Examples on the Web Kaduvayan would put his snout in the stream of piss and drink a little. Amitava Kumar, The New Yorker, "How Perumal Murugan Was Resurrected Through Writing," 12 Dec. 2019 Speakers will address topics such as snout-to-tail cooking, pork in African-American cuisine and culture, bacon and architecture, and sustainable pig farming. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Zingerman's Camp Bacon celebrates cuisine, culture," 24 May 2018 The snout of the remaining glacier hung above us, blue-grey and laced with crevasses. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 The family got up close and personal with Bilby George at the new enclosure, as baby George wriggled vigorously and squealed with delight on spotting the marsupial with the big ears and long snout. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Top royal moments of the last decade: Will & Kate's wedding, the Queen's silly video and more," 16 Dec. 2019 The Handsome Hog restaurant is located in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood and is pig-centric, using all parts of the hog from snout to tail. Washington Post, "St. Paul," 9 Oct. 2019 Competition for mates is fierce, and mostly won by the biggest and brightest: Male snouts, genitals and rumps are radiant hues of red, blue and purple. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "A Primer to Our Planet of Monkeys," 12 June 2019 Returning to Australia, Sullivan designed a mask that could fit around a dog’s snout to deliver the gases that way instead. Neil Steinberg, Quartz, "One billion people worldwide stop breathing while they sleep," 15 Dec. 2019 Up close, the tiny hunters don't look quite human; many of them have strangely elongated faces, more like animal muzzles or snouts. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "A 43,900-year-old cave painting is the oldest story ever recorded," 15 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'snout.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about snout

Time Traveler for snout

Time Traveler

The first known use of snout was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for snout

Last Updated

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for snout


How to pronounce snout (audio)

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


\ ˈsnau̇t How to pronounce snout (audio) \

Medical Definition of snout

: a long projecting nose (as of a swine)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on snout

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for snout

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with snout

Spanish Central: Translation of snout

Nglish: Translation of snout for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about snout

Comments on snout

What made you want to look up snout? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of probity?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!