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From Middle English snowte, snoute, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German snute (alternatively spelled snuut, snuyt), from Proto-West Germanic *snūt, from Proto-Germanic *snūtaz.

Compare Saterland Frisian Snuute, Dutch snuit or snoet (snout; cute face), German Schnauze, Schnute. Doublet of snoot.


  • IPA(key): /snaʊt/
  • (Canada) IPA(key): /snʌʊt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aʊt


snout (plural snouts)

  1. The long, projecting nose, mouth, and jaw of a beast, as of pigs.
    The pig rooted around in the dirt with its snout.
  2. The front of the prow of a ship or boat. [First attested in 1387.][1]
    • 1944, Miles Burton, The Three Corpse Trick, chapter 5:
      The dinghy was trailing astern at the end of its painter, and Merrion looked at it as he passed. He saw that it was a battered-looking affair of the prahm type, with a blunt snout, and like the parent ship, had recently been painted a vivid green.
  3. (derogatory) A person's nose.
    His glasses kept slipping further down onto his prominent snout.
  4. The nozzle of a pipe, hose, etc.
    If you place the snout right into the bucket, it won't spray as much.
  5. The anterior prolongation of the head of a gastropod; a rostrum.
  6. The anterior prolongation of the head of weevils and allied beetles; a rostrum.
  7. (Britain, slang) Tobacco; cigarettes.
    • 1967, Len Deighton, Only When I Larf:
      (Bob, p. 55:) Charlie was the most vicious screw on the block ... He caught me with the two ounces of snout right in my hand, caught me by the hair, and swung me round in the exercise yard ...
      (Spider, p. 175:) She brings me snout and sweets, and sometimes a cake from Mum.
    • 1982, Edward Bond, Saved:
      LIZ. I only got one left. / FRED (calls). Get us some snout. / MIKE. Five or ten?
    • 2000, Joe Randolph Ackerley, P N Furbank, We Think the World of You:
      Also he was "doing his nut" for some "snout." I said I would provide cigarettes.
    • 2004, Allan Sillitoe, New and Collected Stories:
      Raymond rolled a neat cigarette. "What about some snout, then?" "No, thanks." He laughed. Smoke drifted from his open mouth.
  8. The terminus of a glacier.
  9. (slang) A police informer.
  10. A butterfly in the nymphalid subfamily Libytheinae, notable for the snout-like elongation on their heads.

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snout (third-person singular simple present snouts, present participle snouting, simple past and past participle snouted)

  1. To furnish with a nozzle or point.


  1. ^ John A. Simpson and Edmund S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “snout”, in The Compact Oxford English Dictionary, volume II (P–Z, Supplement and Bibliography), 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1991, →ISBN, page 1811.

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  1. Alternative form of snowte