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[snook, snoo k] /snuk, snʊk/
noun, plural (especially collectively) snook (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) snooks.
any basslike fish of the genus Centropomus, especially C. undecimalis, inhabiting waters off Florida and the West Indies and south to Brazil, valued as food and game.
any of several related marine fishes.
Origin of snook1
1690-1700; < Dutch snoek


[snoo k, snook] /snʊk, snuk/
a gesture of defiance, disrespect, or derision.
cock a / one's snook, to thumb the nose:
a painter who cocks a snook at traditional techniques.
Also, cock a snoot.
1875-80; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Nine hours out from snook's Arm and six with the school without pointing a gun!

  • All efforts to get snook to talk about his hunting exploits were unavailing.

    Adventures in Alaska Samuel Hall Young
  • Ned noticed that Mr. snook grasped the sides of the seat with nervous hands, as if he expected something to happen at any moment.

  • All right, answered Mr. snook, who hurried off, looking over his shoulder as if he feared he might see more spiders.

  • Owing to this dark stripe the cobia is sometimes called sergeant-fish, thus confounding it with the snook.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • And so it came to pass, in due course of time, that the Clyde dropped him at snook's Arm.

  • His ear was often on the ground that morning and twice he left Jack "to snook" out to the trail and look for tracks.

    In the Days of Poor Richard Irving Bacheller
  • Vanderput and snook, the story dealing with bills of exchange, was the favorite with Mr. Hallam.

    Harriet Martineau Florence Fenwick Miller
  • At first I could see nobody; then I discovered the huge bulk of old snook, the hootz-hunter, crouching behind a stump.

    Adventures in Alaska Samuel Hall Young
  • Along the edges of shoals and mud-flats and over grassy banks the snook will be found at home.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
British Dictionary definitions for snook


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


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snook

"derisive gesture," 1791, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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