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) : rostrumb : the human nose especially when large or grotesque
snoutedplay \ˈsnau̇-təd\ adjective
snoutishplay \ˈsnau̇-tish\ adjective
snoutyplay \ˈsnau̇-tē\ adjective
Examples of snout in a Sentence
The dog raised his snout and sniffed.
a punch in the snout
Recent Examples of snout from the Web
Elk, wolves, reindeer, or musk oxen eat the dead grass underneath the snow by pushing the snow away with their horns, snouts, or hooves.
In one of the six photos obtained by CNN from authorities, the alligator's neck is being squeezed and a beer can is pressed against its snout.
The winning shot came from Indonesia: a cleaner shrimp (Periclimenes venustus) perched on the snout of a black-saddle snake eel.
Thackery does for a woman who loses part of her snout to syphilis?
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Origin and Etymology of snout
Middle English snute; akin to Middle Dutch snūt snout, German Schnauze
First Known Use: 13th century
SNOUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of snout for English Language Learners
: the long nose of some animals (such as pigs)
: the nose of a person
SNOUT Defined for Kids
Definition of snout for Students
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
Medical Definition of snout
: a long projecting nose (as of a swine)
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