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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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British Dictionary definitions for snouted

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 snouted

snout

n.

early 13c., "trunk or projecting nose of an animal," from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch snute "snout," from Proto-Germanic *snut- (cf. German Schnauze, Norwegian snut, Danish snude "snout"), which Watkins traces to a hypothetical Germanic root *snu- forming words having to do with the nose, imitative of a sudden drawing of breath (cf. Old English gesnot "nasal mucus;" German schnauben "pant, puff, snort" (Austrian dialect), schnaufen "breathe heavily, pant," Schnupfen "cold in the head"). Of other animals and (contemptuously) of humans from c.1300.

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