snot

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See also: snöt

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English snot, snotte, from Old English ġesnot, *snott, from Proto-Germanic *snuttuz (nasal mucus), from the same base as snout. Related also to snite.

Cognate with North Frisian snot (snot), Saterland Frisian Snotte (snot), West Frisian snotte (snot), Dutch snot (snot), German Low German Snött (snot), dialectal German Schnutz (snot), Danish snot (snot), Norwegian snott (snot).

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snot (countable and uncountable, plural snots)

  1. (informal, uncountable) Mucus, especially mucus from the nose.
  2. (slang, countable) A contemptible child.
    • 2010, Ernest L. Rhodes, A Coal Miner's Family at Mooseheart (page 19)
      With no warning a gang of little snots — none larger or older than I was — threw me to the ground, pulled my knickers below my knees — without any explanation, and allowed me to get up.

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snot (third-person singular simple present snots, present participle snotting, simple past and past participle snotted)

  1. (transitive) To blow, wipe, or clear (the nose).
  2. (intransitive) To sniff or snivel; to produce snot, to have a runny nose.
    • 2014, Caitlin Moran, How to Build a Girl, Ebury 2015, p. 148:
      I was snotting all into my mouth and having to eat it, silently shuddering.

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Danish[edit]

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snot n (definite singular snottet) (uncountable)

  1. snot (nasal mucus) (informal in English, not in Danish)

Dutch[edit]

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From Middle Dutch snotte, from Old Dutch *snotto, from Proto-Germanic *snuttuz.

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snot n (uncountable)

  1. snot, nasal mucus

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