One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal A person's nose.
- ‘She casually and inexplicably decides that it's okay to fill her snoot with cocaine.’
- ‘Walk in with a pretension in your heart or a lift to your snoot and he would expertly deflate you.’
- ‘Sticking my snoot into the glass, the aroma is that of stale grass.’
- ‘It's a loss I suppose, although, in my business, a bum snoot can be an asset.’
- ‘And when I shot a glare at one of the more egregious loud talkers, she looked down her long, expensively-altered snoot at my volunteer nametag and hissed, ‘Oh, it's not like you paid to get in here and see her.’’
2informal A person who shows contempt for those considered to be of a lower social class.‘the snoots complain that the paper has lowered its standards’
- ‘This kind of coinage and derivation is a typical process in the creative evolution of language, and is exactly the sort of thing that snoots like to deprecate.’
- ‘He was the leading exponent of photorealism, a school of art that was probably maligned by the snoots but embraced, bemusedly, by the pop artists.’
- ‘So the royal snoots spoke in their endless debates: ‘Yes, the one that should succeed in conquering all must gain power on the home front, but one also must disable the enemy abroad.’’
- ‘I'm probably the haughty snoot that deters peasants from going to the Opera (all power to me, then!).’
3A tubular or conical attachment used to produce a narrow beam from a spotlight.
Mid 19th century: variant of snout.
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