Definition of snout in English:



  • 1The projecting nose and mouth of an animal, especially a mammal.

    ‘a sea lion balanced a ball on its snout’
    • ‘The fish shows other features characteristic of land animals, including ribs, a neck, and nostrils on its snout for breathing air.’
    • ‘From the tip of the snout to the end of its tail, it was no longer than a foot.’
    • ‘The head is elongated and ends in a long, narrow snout, with nostrils that can be closed.’
    • ‘The door creaked open and a furred snout poked out.’
    • ‘She turned and saw the bay nudging his snout through the bars, eager for her strokes.’
    • ‘Their nostrils are located on top of their snouts and closed by valves.’
    • ‘I used to say that all animals with snouts are cute, but I've had to adjust that view in light of seeing the Tasmanian Devil in person.’
    • ‘All tapirs have a short, fleshy proboscis formed by the snout and upper lips.’
    • ‘Gino held the mask over the dog's snout and waited.’
    • ‘He covered the animal's snout with his mouth and puffed two breaths into her.’
    • ‘Unlike the common shrew, it has a fat, bulbous head and a short, narrow snout.’
    • ‘They have long snouts, small eyes, large, clawed feet and long nearly naked tails.’
    • ‘There were rodents, bats, elephants and lemurs with pointed snouts and long tails.’
    • ‘Elephant shrews have elongated snouts and large eyes and ears.’
    • ‘Beneath the projecting snout there is a small, toothless mouth with thick, sucking lips.’
    • ‘Once the snout contacted an ant larva or pupa, the snake would slide the ventral surface of its snout over the top of the prey until the prey item was positioned at or near the front of the mouth.’
    • ‘Tiny, fragile claws poked through the hole, followed by a slender snout, nostrils flaring.’
    • ‘Crocodiles are lighter in color, with longer, narrower snouts.’
    • ‘They have pointy snouts, bulbous noses and grizzled manes.’
    • ‘They have a pointed snout, and the mouth contains teeth.’
    muzzle, face
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    1. 1.1informal A person's nose.
      ‘a guard with a pair of vicious piggy eyes above a snarling snout’
      • ‘And the kitchen door opened and May stuck her snout into the room again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But we should not be sticking our snout in there.’
    2. 1.2 The projecting front or end of something such as a pistol.
      ‘he was stopped by the snout of her pistol’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The crew works until 9 p.m. and all day Saturday repairing the front snout, rear clip and right flame rails.’
  • 2British informal A cigarette.

    1. 2.1mass noun Tobacco.
  • 3British informal A police informer.

    ‘his arrest had been the work of some anonymous snout’
    • ‘Most believe that, as a police snout, he set them up for lengthy jail sentences.’
    • ‘The opprobrium that once attached to informers, snitches, snouts, shoppers and narks in all walks of life no longer exists.’
    • ‘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’.’
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  • 4A European moth with long palps that extend in front of the head like a snout.

    Hypsena and other genera, family Noctuidae, in particular the snout (H. proboscidalis)

    • ‘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.