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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
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Examples from the web for snook
  • While tossing streamers near the mangroves-home to tarpon, snook, and redfish-keep an eye out for manatees and dolphins.
  • The inlet is a popular fishing location during the snook season.
  • Many inshore lagoons have good populations of snook, tarpon and mullet.
  • Dorado and snook also share a similar peak season to tuna.
  • Fish in the estuary include snook, trout, mullet and redfish that all rely on the shallow waters as a food source.
  • Fish for snook, redfish and speckled trout year round.
  • He looked for the holes in the bay floor where he would always catch some snook, but there was nothing to see.
  • You'll rarely find snook on the menu, and if so, you should definitely try this delicate white fish.
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
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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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