Green’s Dictionary of Slang

snot n.1

[SE snot, nasal mucus]

1. a pej. term for a person, the usual implication being of their arrogance or, in the case of women, their promiscuity.

[[UK]Dekker & Webster Northward Hoe I i: Farewell father Snot].
[UK] ‘The New Flare Up!’ in Flare-Up Songster 14: Away with bullies, bilks and snots, / Unless they come the flare up.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 97: SNOT, a term of reproach applied to persons by the vulgar when vexed or annoyed.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict. [as cit. 1859].
[US]R. Dwight 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.
[US](con. 1917) J. Stevens Mattock 176: Some of the bossy young snots who gave the Y.M.C.A. a bad name, lectured us about the town.
[US]J. Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath (1951) 342: Them kids that goes to school, we seen ’em, Ma. Snots! Calls us Okies.
[US]I. Shulman Cry Tough! 18: You snot!
[Ire]B. Behan Quare Fellow (1960) Act I: Hey, snots, d’you think you own the bloody place?
[US]C. Cooper Jr Weed (1998) 207: He hated the little snot.
[SA]S.S. Mekgoe Lindiwe (2001) I iv: You little snot! I will teach you a lesson.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 10: snot – a person who puts great value on money and wealth and considers those without money inferior.
[US]C. Hiaasen Stormy Weather 5: Did the little snot think he’s too good for this?

2. the nose.

[Ire](con. 1880–90s) S. O’Casey 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.
[Ire](con. 1890s) S. O’Casey Pictures in the Hallway 78: The hurler let fly and gave him one in the snot.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 251: One of those sods [...] gave you a dig in the snot.
[Ire](con. 1920s) P. Crosbie Your Dinner’s Poured Out! 219: Do you want your snot broke? (Are you looking for a fight).

3. (US tramp) an oyster.

[US] ‘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.

[[UK]N. Chorier (trans.) of Meursius ‘The Delights of Venus’ in Cabinet of Love n.p.: I saw his prick, when Callus from me rose, / Limber and weak hang down his snotty nose].
[US](con. 1892) in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 616: E is for the end of a snotty-nosed prick.
[UK]D. Mitchell Black Swan Green 234: The men [...] just fire out their snot, roll over and that’s it.

5. arrogance, verbal unpleasantness.

[US]C. Bukowski 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.

[US]ONDCP Street Terms 19: Snot — Residue produced from smoking amphetamine.

7. a sulk, var. on snit n.1 (1)

[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] I just lose me rag with the cunt. [...] He goes off in a snot.

8. the essence, the ‘daylights’.

[Aus]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)

In compounds

snotbag (n.) (also snotball)

(US) an arrogant, pompous individual.

[US]J. Stahl 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.
[US]S. King Dreamcatcher 150: You go now, snotball, unless you want half.
snot sjambok (n.) [Afk. sjambok, a whip]

(S.Afr.) a penis.

[SA]A. Brink 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

In compounds

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

(S.Afr.) misery, wretchedness.

[SA]A. Fugard Boesman and Lena Act I: Snot and tears because the whiteman pushed over a trotten old pondock?
[SA]A. Brink Dry White Season 88: I still remember it. Snot and tears. About life in jail.
[NZ]C. Marriner 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.
snotball (n.)

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

[UK]J. Baker Chinese Girl (2001) 122: Half the bedbugs were on snot-balls and lucky charmz.
snotbox (n.) (also snotter box, snotty-box) [SE box]

1. the nose.

[UK]Young Coalman’s Courtship 2: Mary [...] blew her snotter-box.
[UK]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’.
[UK]Fife Free Press 19 Oct. 2/7: One of those who gave chase came down with a vengeance upon his ‘snotter-box’.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 546: Rubber neck, chopper box, snotter box, looker atter.
[UK]I. & P. Opie Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 175: ‘Snot-box’ [...] and ‘boko’ for nose.
[UK]Guardian Sport 98 31 July 16: Giving some old dear from the Colonies one up the snot-box early doors.

2. an informer.

[UK]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.
snotface (n.)

(US) a derog. term of address.

Hal Ellson 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].
snotgobbler (n.) [SE gobbler]

a general term of derision.

[UK]A. Bleasdale Scully 21: I bet he’s only an old snot gobbler like you, Bimbo.
poodlewrestler on Urban Dict. [Internet] snotgobbler arse licker, sycophant. only a snotgobbler like Robert could have promoted so fast.
snot-gobbling (adj.)

a term of abuse.

[UK]A. Sillitoe Sat. Night and Sun. Morning 114: The snot-gobbling gett that teks my income tax.
D. Storey 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.
K. Waterhouse Thinks 6: That swining bloody-minded pig-faced snot-gobbling attendant [...] refusing to part with change for the pay-and-display machine.
D. Osborne Toby Potts 271: The endless queues of snot gobbling kids.
snotkop (n.) [Du. kop, head]

(S.Afr.) a term of abuse.

[SA]A. Dangor Z Town Trilogy 150: Gwan, you snotkop, don’t lol with timers.
snot-locker (n.) [SE locker] (US)

the nose.

[US]D. Ponicsan Last Detail 181: You get drunk [...] get captured, and jive your partner to tag a Shore Patrol dude on the snot-locker.
[US]J. Sayles Union Dues (1978) 294: He would of nailed him right in the old snot-locker, only we’re in these thick woods.
[US]E. Torres After Hours 8: You’d have five hundred dollars worth of candy in your snotlocker.
[US](con. c.1967) J. Ferrandino Firefight 163: He always be diggin’ in his snotlocker.
J. Walls 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.
snotnose/-nosed

see separate entries.

snot-poor (adj.)

(US) impoverished.

[US]H. Ellison 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.
snotrag (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

blow a snot-rocket (v.)

(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!’).
bucket of snots (n.)

(Irish) an unattractive person.

Blue Pages (Dublin) ‘Dublin Dict.’ [Internet] A bucket of Snots A ugly person.
throw (the) snot about (v.) (also throw one’s snot about, throw snot away)

to weep.

[UK]C. Cotton Virgil Travestie (1765) Bk IV 102: Much griev’d to see her weep and sob so, / To throw about her Snot, and throb so.
[UK]J. Ray Proverbs (2nd edn) 82: To throw snot about. i.e. to weep.
[UK]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.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Snivel, to cry, to throw the snot or snivel about.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1785].