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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

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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 But in 1899 Russian geologist Alexander Karpinsky proposed that this fossil was different enough to belong to a new genus of fish—Helicoprion—that had an almost trunk-like appendage jutting up from its snout that supported the teeth. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Prehistoric Sharks Had Jaws Shaped Like Circular Saws and Sawtoothed Scissors," 2 Apr. 2021 In 2012, while on duty, he was senselessly attacked by a drunk man with a machete, who cut off the dog's snout. Kelli Bender,, "Rescue Dog Thriving in New Home After Losing His Nose in Machete Attack: 'He's a True Survivor'," 31 Mar. 2021 The Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan, known as NUMO and represented by a cartoon mole cautiously sticking its snout out of a hole, is in charge of finding a final resting place. New York Times, "Furor in Japanese Town Casts Light on Fukushima’s Legacy," 10 Mar. 2021 At 3 feet long and more than 100 pounds, the nearly 1-year-old Piggie bounds up like a giant bristly puppy, nudging his thick rubbery snout into the backs of people’s legs as if giving them a tough yet tender massage. René A. Guzman,, "Feral hogs cause more than $1.5 billion in damage each year, but the most hated animals in Texas have their charms," 5 Jan. 2021 These holes, called foramina, created pathways for blood vessels and nerves, leading to an incredibly sensitive snout that was covered in whiskers. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This 'crazy beast' was a weird early mammal that lived among dinosaurs," 18 Dec. 2020 These snakes have a long, flexible appendage projecting from their snout. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, "How to Make a Hippogriff Fly and Other Flights of Fancy," 17 Mar. 2021 The fish, from snout to tail, was well beyond my reach. David A. Rose, Field & Stream, "This Giant Gulf Sturgeon Could Be One of the Rarest Fish Ever Caught in the Surf," 15 Mar. 2021 Male American gators grow to around 11 feet long from snout to tail tip, while females top out at around 9 feet long. René A. Guzman,, "Yep, San Antonio gets its share of wild alligators. On guard, Fluffy!," 26 Jan. 2021

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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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“Snout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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