1. a pej. term for a person, the usual implication being of their arrogance or, in the case of women, their promiscuity.
|[||Northward Hoe I i: Farewell father Snot].|
|‘The New Flare Up!’ in Flare-Up Songster 14: Away with bullies, bilks and snots, / Unless they come the flare up.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 97: SNOT, a term of reproach applied to persons by the vulgar when vexed or annoyed.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict. [as cit. 1859].|
|diary May [Internet] Now we are in the 22nd Co. 153rd Depot Brigade with the meanest bunch of snots that ever walked they had the world beat when it came to overbearing.|
|(con. 1917) Mattock 176: Some of the bossy young snots who gave the Y.M.C.A. a bad name, lectured us about the town.|
|Grapes of Wrath (1951) 342: Them kids that goes to school, we seen ’em, Ma. Snots! Calls us Okies.|
|Cry Tough! 18: You snot!|
|Quare Fellow (1960) Act I: Hey, snots, d’you think you own the bloody place?|
|Weed (1998) 207: He hated the little snot.|
|Lindiwe (2001) I iv: You little snot! I will teach you a lesson.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 10: snot – a person who puts great value on money and wealth and considers those without money inferior.|
|Stormy Weather 5: Did the little snot think he’s too good for this?|
2. the nose.
|(con. 1880–90s) I Knock at the Door 55: If it wasn’t for me father bein’ dead, I’d go round the lane with you, an’ break your snot.|
|(con. 1890s) Pictures in the Hallway 78: The hurler let fly and gave him one in the snot.|
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 251: One of those sods [...] gave you a dig in the snot.|
|(con. 1920s) Your Dinner’s Poured Out! 219: Do you want your snot broke? (Are you looking for a fight).|
3. (US tramp) an oyster.
|‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 463: snots, Oysters.|
4. semen; thus snotty-nosed adj., of the head of the penis, covered with semen.
|[||Cabinet of Love n.p.: I saw his prick, when Callus from me rose, / Limber and weak hang down his snotty nose].(trans.) of Meursius ‘The Delights of Venus’ in|
|(con. 1892) in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 616: E is for the end of a snotty-nosed prick.|
|Black Swan Green 234: The men [...] just fire out their snot, roll over and that’s it.|
5. arrogance, verbal unpleasantness.
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 187: ‘Do you like me?’ she asked. ‘I’ve got to,’ I said, and she didn’t give me any snot over that one.|
6. (drugs) residue created by the smoking of amphetamine.
|ONDCP Street Terms 19: Snot — Residue produced from smoking amphetamine.|
7. a sulk, var. on snit n.1 (1)
|The Joy (2015) [ebook] I just lose me rag with the cunt. [...] He goes off in a snot.|
8. the essence, the ‘daylights’.
|Bug (Aus.) Sept. [Internet] The funniest part was watching the pisspot poofta bimbo sections of the media reach for their rubbers after declaring the Man was gunna get the snot beat out of him.|
9. see snotnose n. (3)
(US) an arrogant, pompous individual.
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 280: When he tried calling their office in New York, the snotbag who answered the phone hung up when he told him his business.|
|Dreamcatcher 150: You go now, snotball, unless you want half.|
(S.Afr.) a penis.
|Rights of Desire (2001) 95: If Adonis tried to show her the snot sjambok when Bella wasn’t looking, then Cupido was there to stop him.|
SE in slang uses
(S.Afr.) misery, wretchedness.
|Boesman and Lena Act I: Snot and tears because the whiteman pushed over a trotten old pondock?|
|Dry White Season 88: I still remember it. Snot and tears. About life in jail.|
|Southern Style 161: Even when Dessie ad the 38 to his temple and [...] were under firm orders to squeeze, the toff ad nuffin for me but snot and tears.|
(Aus.) a contemptible person.
|Cherry Pickers III i: You watch yer mouth or I’ll bottle ya! You only a snot-arse to me boy!|
(drugs) rubber cement rolled into a ball and burned so that the fumes can be inhaled; usu. in pl.
|Chinese Girl (2001) 122: Half the bedbugs were on snot-balls and lucky charmz.|
1. the nose.
|Young Coalman’s Courtship 2: Mary [...] blew her snotter-box.|
|Jack Randall’s Diary 63: Swift at Bob’s snotty-box, his white fist flew, And soon a shower of the claret hue [...] from Bob’s smellers burst.|
|Dundee People’s Jrnl 7 Sept. 2/4: ‘An’ wi’ that I claught my lad by the snotter-box, an’ gave it sic a fleze roond that he’ll feel the frost o’t for twa days’.|
|Fife Free Press 19 Oct. 2/7: One of those who gave chase came down with a vengeance upon his ‘snotter-box’.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 546: Rubber neck, chopper box, snotter box, looker atter.|
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 175: ‘Snot-box’ [...] and ‘boko’ for nose.|
|Guardian Sport 98 31 July 16: Giving some old dear from the Colonies one up the snot-box early doors.|
2. an informer.
|Aberdeen People’s Jrnl 7 Dec. 2/5: What did Jock Brown, the simple-snotter-box no do? but let the cat oot o’ the puck.|
(US) a derog. term of address.
|Rock 49: Get the — out of here, snot-face.|
|Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS) 8 Aug. 3F/4: [They] allowed their other sons to torture Quoyle with epithes of lardass, Snotyface, Pig, Warthog [etc].|
a general term of derision.
|Scully 21: I bet he’s only an old snot gobbler like you, Bimbo.|
|on Urban Dict. [Internet] snotgobbler arse licker, sycophant. only a snotgobbler like Robert could have promoted so fast.|
a term of abuse.
|Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 114: The snot-gobbling gett that teks my income tax.|
|Restoration of A. Middleton 17: And that — you sniffling snot-gobbling little crat. And that. I’ll teach you to take my stick of chalk.|
|Thinks 6: That swining bloody-minded pig-faced snot-gobbling attendant [...] refusing to part with change for the pay-and-display machine.|
|Toby Potts 271: The endless queues of snot gobbling kids.|
(N.Z.) a general derog. term.
|Tharunka (Kensington, NSW) 20 Sept. 7/2: You Snotheads ain’t go’ it yet, ave ya?|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
(S.Afr.) a term of abuse.
|Z Town Trilogy 150: Gwan, you snotkop, don’t lol with timers.|
|Last Detail 181: You get drunk [...] get captured, and jive your partner to tag a Shore Patrol dude on the snot-locker.|
|Union Dues (1978) 294: He would of nailed him right in the old snot-locker, only we’re in these thick woods.|
|After Hours 8: You’d have five hundred dollars worth of candy in your snotlocker.|
|(con. c.1967) Firefight 163: He always be diggin’ in his snotlocker.|
|Glass Castle 31: ‘You busted your snot locker pretty good.’ I started laughing really hard. ‘Snot locker’ was the funniest name I’d ever heard for a nose.|
see separate entries.
|Rockabilly (1963) 122: I don’t owe you a goddam thing; you and Asa had it from me, all you wanted when I was snot-poor.|
see separate entry.
(US campus) to blow one’s nose without the use of a tissue, by blocking one nostril and blowing hard through the other nostril.
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] blow snot rockets v 1. to blow one’s nose by blocking one nostril and blowing out the other forcefully. No tissues are required. This is usually performed outside. (‘Gross! He just blew a snot rocket!’).|
(Irish) an unattractive person.
|Blue Pages (Dublin) ‘Dublin Dict.’ [Internet] A bucket of Snots A ugly person.|
|Midnight Clear 66: Holy cow, you guys scared the snot out of me.|
to blow one’s nose with one’s fingers.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk IV 102: Much griev’d to see her weep and sob so, / To throw about her Snot, and throb so.|
|Proverbs (2nd edn) 82: To throw snot about. i.e. to weep.|
|Elegy on the Death of Trade in Harleian Misc. II (1809) 294: Such throwing away snot, / Drivel, p--s, and what not, / That, in short, I wish’d myself out, sir.|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Snivel, to cry, to throw the snot or snivel about.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].|
see up the creek (without a paddle) under creek n.