Definition of snout in English:


Line breaks: snout
Pronunciation: /snaʊt


1The projecting nose and mouth of an animal, especially a mammal: a sea lion balanced a ball on its snout
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  • They have a pointed snout, and the mouth contains teeth.
  • All tapirs have a short, fleshy proboscis formed by the snout and upper lips.
  • Beneath the projecting snout there is a small, toothless mouth with thick, sucking lips.
muzzle, face;
nose, proboscis, trunk;
mouth, jaws, maw;
Scottish & Northern English neb
1.1 informal A person’s nose: a guard with a pair of vicious piggy eyes above a snarling snout
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  • And the kitchen door opened and May stuck her snout into the room again.
  • But we should not be sticking our snout in there.
  • After trailing the champions throughout, it seemed that all Cork needed was to get their snouts in front, but after drawing up alongside their opponents as the game swung in to the final five minutes Cork couldn't eke out a lead.
1.2The projecting front or end of something such as a pistol: he was stopped by the snout of her pistol
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  • The crew works until 9 p.m. and all day Saturday repairing the front snout, rear clip and right flame rails.
  • Kathleen stared at the pistol, which he held, that had a cloud of smoke whispering from its snout, then she averted her eyes to the fallen officer.
  • This area can also be taken up by the bus's snout, leaving the cyclist little option but form a ‘snake’ alongside.
2British informal A cigarette.
2.1 [mass noun] Tobacco.
3British informal A police informer: his arrest had been the work of some anonymous snout
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  • The opprobrium that once attached to informers, snitches, snouts, shoppers and narks in all walks of life no longer exists.
  • Most believe that, as a police snout, he set them up for lengthy jail sentences.
  • Apparently, a third of calls to the cheatline relate to household insurance, with snouts telling tales about burglaries that never happened or fires started by ‘accident’.
4 (also snout moth) A European moth with long palps that extend in front of the head like a snout.
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  • Pyralid, snout or grass moths (Pyralidae) make up a very large family of more than 25,000 species.


Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German snūt; related to snot.



[often in combination]: long-snouted baboons
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  • Well, I for one was not going to pass up the opportunity to explore and indeed research the most fascinating facts I could find about this pointy snouted insect snorting cutey.
  • They are still small short legged and long snouted.
  • Long snouted raccoons tamely hang out among the crowd.


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  • Beast, 2005, a snouty, projecting recent wall-piece, was among the most sculptural works on view, with the laboriously reconfigured branches completely subsumed by a singular, arresting form.
  • What he demands is an education that ‘makes] [him] a sharp, snouty, rooting hog.’
  • Its snouty head, patchy grey body and small pedal fins make the dwarf look more like a large dolphin than a baleen whale.

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