snout

noun
\ ˈsnau̇t How to pronounce snout (audio) \

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

snout

verb
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from snout

Noun

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 The Dilophosaurus material discovered since Welles's initial description and Langston's reconstruction shows that the animal's snout and jaw were much more substantial than originally recognized. Matthew A. Brown, Scientific American, "The Real Dilophosaurus Would Have Eaten the Jurassic Park Version for Breakfast," 1 Jan. 2021 In the shallows, the two dogs were islands of red-gold snout, spine, tail; up in the great house, the women were drinking cold gin from teacups, the men resting naked in shuttered bedrooms under the wind that roared from box fans. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?," 27 Apr. 2021 Feral hogs are omnivores that root for food with their snout. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "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 This land building explains why the river’s delta pokes into the Gulf of Mexico, a swampy snout teeming with wildlife, marshy grasslands, and watery bayous darkened by ancient cypress trees. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Rerouting the Mississippi River could build new land—and save a retreating coast," 22 Apr. 2021 The bulldog is tan in color with a darker snout and appears to have a skin tag behind its right ear, according to photos provided by police. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "French bulldog stolen at gunpoint in Florida, police say," 3 Apr. 2021 The tusks of the strap-toothed whale grow up and across the snout, like a bone ribbon that ties the mouth nearly shut. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "Beaked Whales Are the Animals We Need Right Now," 30 Mar. 2021 Majungasaurus Movement of this medium-size theropod’s jaw sent air to a pair of sinuses in the snout that acted like air-conditioning units to cool blood going to the brain. National Geographic, "DINOSAURS," 15 Sep. 2020 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

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snout

Noun

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

18 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Snout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snout. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for snout

snout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snout

: the long nose of some animals (such as pigs)
informal + humorous : the nose of a person

snout

noun
\ 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

snout

noun
\ ˈsnau̇t How to pronounce snout (audio) \

Medical Definition of snout

: a long projecting nose (as of a swine)

More from Merriam-Webster on snout

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for snout

Nglish: Translation of snout for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: 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).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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