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[snot] /snɒt/
Vulgar. mucus from the nose.
Informal. a disrespectful or supercilious person.
Origin of snot
1350-1400; Middle English; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snotte, Old English gesnot, Danish snot Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


noun (usually considered vulgar)
nasal mucus or discharge
(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

late 14c., from Old English gesnot "nasal mucus," from Proto-Germanic *snuttan (cf. Old Frisian snotta, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch snotte, Middle Low German snute), from the same base as snout. Old English also had a verb snite "wipe or pick one's nose." Meaning "despicable person" is from 1809.

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snot in Medicine

snot (snŏt)
Nasal mucus; phlegm.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snot


  1. A drink of liquor, esp of plain whiskey; hooker: Who's ready for another short snort?/ All hands had another snort (1889+)
  2. A dose of narcotic for inhaling; line (1951+ Narcotics)

To inhale narcotics, esp cocaine; sniff: since ma was a viper, and daddy would snort (1935+ Narcotics)

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[drinking sense fr earlier snorter of same purport]

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