Definition of snot in US English:



  • 1Nasal mucus.

    • ‘Pin him down while he flails around and try to wipe the snot from his nose with your shirt.’
    • ‘Damien had snot dripping down his nose and he wiped it away.’
    • ‘By my sixth mouthful I had tears streaming from my eyes and rivers of snot pouring out my nose.’
    • ‘It couldn't have been a more painful experience than sitting twenty minutes in a class thinking that snot or blood was coming out of your nose the whole time.’
    • ‘The snot just pours out of your nose.’
    • ‘Even using my gloves to wipe the snot tends to mostly just smear it.’
    • ‘So the soup looked like snot and tasted like nothing.’
    • ‘Zach nodded his head as wiped the snot away from his nose with his hand.’
    • ‘I must say that I, for one, will really miss coming home from a good night out with a heathy wheeze, my nostrils ejecting generous quantities of blackened snot clogged with blood, and my eyes watering.’
    • ‘Its very hard to take your furious baby seriously when he not only has snot on his chin, which seems plausible, given gravity, but also has even more snot on his forehead.’
    • ‘The front of his shirt is stained with blood, and a stream of snot and blood dangles from his left nostril.’
    • ‘He didn't talk so much as honk, and the merriment he evinced at his own jests produced a laugh that sounded like snot being hoovered up with a surgical tube.’
    • ‘Of all the issues, the snot is the biggest annoyance.’
    • ‘Tears and snot dripped off my chin on to my breast.’
    • ‘It seems to spread by contact with respiratory secretions - snot and saliva.’
    • ‘Several inches long and almost completely transparent, they resembled nothing more than great globs of living snot.’
    • ‘A lovely mixture of snot and blood was running from my bruised nose, and I wiped it away with my one free arm before answering.’
    • ‘I have hot flowing liquid snot pouring out of my nose - even though my sinuses are completely packed.’
    • ‘I seem to expect expert assurance that things are not about to spiral into an infectious, plague-inducing chaos with the seemingly simple beginnings of some harmless snot.’
    • ‘She kicked her band off the stage after a few songs, streamed snot and hacked up phlegm from a lung infection, almost tore her own hands apart singing solo, and dragged a dwindling crowd along on a schizophrenic but mesmerising journey.’
    1. 1.1 An arrogant or conceited person.
    2. 1.2 A contemptible or worthless person.
      • ‘Do you remember what a little snot she was while we were recording ‘American Angel’?’’
      • ‘He's a rich snot with a perfect match for a girlfriend.’
      • ‘Shut your mouth, you little snot, you little failure.’
      • ‘When she said that, about the girl in my room, I wondered if she was going to tell me the girl was a snot, and would be put in her own room immediately.’
      • ‘I was doing her a favor here and she was being a snot to me.’
      • ‘‘Oh, well, I wasn't really sticking up for you, but, Candace is a little snot and I was really getting annoyed with her,’ Jamie said.’
      • ‘And when you try to get help you get nothing but snots on the phone.’
      • ‘I feel like I'm being a total snot for rejecting these guys, plus now that they've told me this, for the most part, they won't play with me anymore.’
      • ‘I dislike Maria; she is a snot, and I don't care if she's turning 16 today.’
      • ‘She was quite certain that this Elizabeth was a conceited snot.’
      • ‘She's rather stuck up and her friends are snots.’
      • ‘Or it could be that I'm already ridiculously selfish, and this is all just some weak excuse to be an even worse stuck up snot for a few weeks… or months.’
      • ‘Now, here she was twelve years later and a total snot.’
      • ‘She's being a snot and putting boys before her friends.’
      • ‘I picked a fight with a rich snot, he sent his guard to hurt me.’
      • ‘Why would he wanna crawl after such an insecure, uptight little snot?’
      • ‘You come to despise them because they're pampered snots.’
      • ‘There is one clarinet player who's a snot like her, and another whose a little conceited like her, but luckily no one is as mean as she is!’
      • ‘Prissy all the time, they were major snots when no one was around to punish them.’
      • ‘Her voice was thick with a Scottish brogue, which normally I would find fascinating, if she hadn't seemed like such a haughty snot.’


Late Middle English: probably from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German; related to snout.