Green’s Dictionary of Slang

snot n.1

[SE snot, nasal mucus]

1. [mid-19C+] a pej. term for a person, the usual implication being of their arrogance or, in the case of women, their promiscuity.

2. [late 19C+] the nose.

3. [1920s] (US tramp) an oyster.

4. [1930s+] semen; thus snotty-nosed adj., of the head of the penis, covered with semen.

5. [1970s] arrogance, verbal unpleasantness.

6. [1980s+] (drugs) residue created by the smoking of amphetamine.

7. [1990s+] a sulk, var. on snit n.1 (1)

8. [2000s] the essence, the ‘daylights’.

9. see snotnose n. (3)

In compounds

snotbag (n.) (also snotball)

[2000s] (US) an arrogant, pompous individual.

snot sjambok (n.) [Afk. sjambok, a whip]

[20C+] (S.Afr.) a penis.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

snot and tears (n.) [synon. Afk. phr. snot en trane]

[1960s+] (S.Afr.) misery, wretchedness.

snot-arse (n.) [-arse sfx]

[1970s] (Aus.) a contemptible person.

snotball (n.)

[1980s+] (drugs) rubber cement rolled into a ball and burned so that the fumes can be inhaled; usu. in pl.

snotbox (n.) (also snotter box, snotty-box) [SE box]

1. [early 19C; 20C+] the nose.

2. [1900s] an informer.

snotface (n.)

[1950s] (US) a derog. term of address.

snotgobbler (n.) [SE gobbler]

[1990s+] a general term of derision.

snot-gobbling (adj.)

a term of abuse.

snothead (n.)

[1980s+] (N.Z.) a general derog. term.

snotkop (n.) [Du. kop, head]

[1990s+] (S.Afr.) a term of abuse.

snot-locker (n.) [SE locker] [1970s+] (US)

the nose.


see separate entries.

snot-poor (adj.)

[1960s] (US) impoverished.

snotrag (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

blow a snot-rocket (v.)

[1990s+] (US campus) to blow one’s nose without the use of a tissue, by blocking one nostril and blowing hard through the other nostril.

bucket of snots (n.)

[2000s] (Irish) an unattractive person.

scare the snot out of (v.)

[1980s] to terrify.

sling a snot (v.)

[late 19C–1900s] to blow one’s nose with one’s fingers.

throw (the) snot about (v.) (also throw one’s snot about, throw snot away)

[mid-17C] to weep.