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snot

[snot] /snɒt/
noun
1.
Vulgar. mucus from the nose.
2.
Informal. a disrespectful or supercilious person.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snotte, Old English gesnot, Danish snot
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Examples for snot
  • No wonder kids get the snot kicked out of them at school.
  • Without it we'd still be snot-nosed peasant farmers.
  • Some snails excrete bioluminescent trails of snot or blink their muscly foot to attract mates.
  • Not only a public health measure, but it hides the snot.
  • That's the good news: the bad news is that he's saddled with a bunch of snot-nosed kids.
British Dictionary definitions for snot

snot

/snɒt/
noun (usually considered vulgar)
1.
nasal mucus or discharge
2.
(slang) a contemptible person
Word Origin
Old English gesnot; related to Old High German snuzza, Norwegian, Danish snot, German schneuzen to blow one's nose
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Word Origin and History for snot
snot
O.E. gesnot "nasal mucus," from P.Gmc. *snuttan (cf. O.Fris. snotta, M.L.G., M.Du. snotte, M.L.G. snute), from the same base as snout. O.E. also had a verb snite "wipe or pick one's nose." Meaning "despicable person" is from 1809. Snotty "impudent, curt, conceited" first recorded 1870; snotnose "upstart" is from 1941.
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snot in Medicine

snot (snŏt)
n.
Nasal mucus; phlegm.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snot

snot

noun
  1. Nasal mucus (1425+)
  2. A despicable person, esp a self-important nonentity: Tell that little snot to get lost (1809+)
verb

To treat someone disdainfully; be haughty: I should not be ''snotted'' by an owner, maitre d', or waiter (1970s+)

[ultimately fr a common Germanic term for ''nose,'' also represented by schnozzle, snout, snoot, etc; the second noun and verb senses probably influenced by snooty]


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