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snook2

[snoo k, snook] /snʊk, snuk/
noun
1.
a gesture of defiance, disrespect, or derision.
Idioms
2.
cock a / one's snook, to thumb the nose:
a painter who cocks a snook at traditional techniques.
Also, cock a snoot.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for cock her snook

snook1

/snuːk/
noun (pl) snook, snooks
1.
any of several large game fishes of the genus Centropomus, esp C. undecimalis of tropical American marine and fresh waters: family Centropomidae (robalos)
2.
(Austral) the sea pike Australuzza novaehollandiae
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch snoek pike

snook2

/snuːk/
noun
1.
(Brit) cock a snook
  1. to make a rude gesture by putting one thumb to the nose with the fingers of the hand outstretched
  2. to show contempt by being insulting or offensive
Word Origin
C19: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for cock her snook

snook

n.

"derisive gesture," 1791, of unknown origin.

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