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snout

[snout] /snaʊt/
noun
1.
the part of an animal's head projecting forward and containing the nose and jaws; muzzle.
2.
Entomology. an anterior prolongation of the head bearing the mouth parts, as in snout beetles.
3.
anything that resembles or suggests an animal's snout in shape, function, etc.
4.
a nozzle or spout.
5.
a person's nose, especially when large or prominent.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English snute; cognate with Dutch snuite, German Schnauze
Related forms
snouted, adjective
snoutless, adjective
snoutlike, adjective
unsnouted, adjective
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Examples for snout
  • It has an elongated head with a pointed snout filled with sharp, grinding teeth.
  • The sawfish has a sawlike snout that is, however, not used as a saw.
  • The adult has small eyes, rounded ears, a long snout, a large body, and a short tail.
  • Its back was less arched, and its face, snout, and neck were somewhat longer.
British Dictionary definitions for snout

snout

/snaʊt/
noun
1.
the part of the head of a vertebrate, esp a mammal, consisting of the nose, jaws, and surrounding region, esp when elongated
2.
the corresponding part of the head of such insects as weevils
3.
anything projecting like a snout, such as a nozzle or the lower end of a glacier
4.
(slang) a person's nose
5.
Also called snout moth. a brownish noctuid moth, Hypena proboscidalis, that frequents nettles: named from the palps that project prominently from the head at rest
6.
(Brit, slang) a cigarette or tobacco
7.
(slang) an informer
Derived Forms
snouted, adjective
snoutless, adjective
snoutlike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse snyta, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snūte
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Word Origin and History for snout
snout
c.1220, "trunk or projecting nose of an animal," from M.L.G. and M.Du. snute "snout," from P.Gmc. *snut- (cf. Ger. Schnauze, Norw. snut, Dan. snude "snout"), related to O.E. gesnot (see snot).
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