Green’s Dictionary of Slang

snoot n.

[SE snout]

1. the nose.

[US]Boston Blade 10 June n.p.: Maybe Mose didnt haul off and lam him across the snoot!
implied in snoot-cloot
[US]H.L. Williams N.-Y. After Dark 77: Belt ’em in the snoot!
[US]C.A. Siringo Texas Cow Boy (1950) 9: I would play dog by sticking my snoot down the hole.
[US]F. Dumont Dumont’s Joke Book 80: Say, Fitzsimmons, come up here and bust this feller in de snoot.
[US]N.-Y. American 19 Apr. in Fleming Unforgettable Season (1981) 44: They had swung their floating ribs out of shape trying to hit his benders on the snoot.
[Aus]Truth (Perth) 9 July 7/8: He were busted on the snoot.
[Ind]P.C. Wren Dew & Mildew 232: ‘As how?’ inquired Snooty (who had a rather prominent nose).
[US]Monroe City Democrat (MO) 5 Dec. 6/5: ‘Solomon Eckhardstein, tell us why [...] you are wearing a green ribbon?’ ‘Because, ma’am, Patland Mike and Denny said they’d bust me snoot if I didn’t’.
[US]S. Lewis Main Street (1921) 320: I’m likely to forget myself and let loose with a punch in the snoot.
[US]D. Runyon ‘The Bloodhounds of Broadway’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 94: I kick him in the snoot.
[UK]S. Lister Mistral Hotel (1951) 231: Bust him one on the snoot!
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Best that Ever Did It (1957) 28: I’m not just sticking my snoot in for kicks, somebody hired me.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 16: Somebody’s here to keep you from getting a boot in the snoot.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 30: I just poked him in the snoot.
Pittsburgh Post-Gaz. 15 Apr. 19/3: In the 19th century the slang term ‘plug’ meant to hit a person with your fist — preferably right on the snoot.
[US]College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) 🌐 Snoot (noun) Nose.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] She’d never copped one on the snoot.

2. arrogance, superciliousness.

implied in cock a snoot (at)
[UK]Indep. Traveller 2 Oct. 4: Snoot factor [...] 10/10.

3. a snob, an arrogant person who ‘sticks their nose in the air’; also attrib.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Feb. 9/1: Ex-LIEUT SNOOT, A.S.S AND BAR (who enlisted in England, you know): ‘Beastly hard to find a position nowadays, what?’ .
[Aus]N. Lindsay Age of Consent 62: She was a little dried-up snoot of a woman with a lust for gossip.
[US] (ref. to 1920s) R. McAlmon Being Geniuses Together 259: He knew I was not a snootintellectualizer [sic].
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 239/1: snoot – a very disagreeable person.
[UK]Observer Review 29 Apr. 18/3: Samuel Johnson, ‘King of Snoots’.

In compounds

In phrases

blow someone’s snoot off (v.)

(US) to reprimand, to criticise harshly.

[US](con. 1910s) J.T. Farrell Young Lonigan in Studs Lonigan (1936) 138: His old man would blow his snoot off, calling him a nogoodfornothing loafer.
cock a snoot (at) (v.) (also concoct a snoot, make a snoot at, cock a snook (at), cock snooks, cock snooky, do snooks)

to disdain, to ignore, to turn up one’s nose; thus cock-a-snoot adj., disdainful.

[UK]Hull Dly Mail 25 Sept. 4/5: I grieve to say that he put his fingers up to his nose, performing the action commonly known as ‘cocking a snook’.
[UK]H. Christmas in Pegge Anecdotes of the Eng. Lang. 299: ‘But to his nose he clapped his thumb, / And spread his fingers out.’ This is called by the Cockney, ‘taking a sight’, by the Manchester man, ‘doing snooks’.
[UK]Hull Dly Mail 16 Aug. 8/1: The private, from his position of advantage, cocking a snook at his less fortunate non-comissioned officer.
[US]A.H. Lewis Wolfville 48: They quits speakin’, an’ when they meets on the street they concocts snoots at each other.
[UK]Sporting Times 6 May 1/2: The lunatic who had been preached at rose solemnly in his place and ‘cocked a snook’ at the bishop.
[UK]Tatler (London) 27 Nov. 12/1: You try to pass your wisdom on to the very young, they, metaphorically speaking, cock a snook at you and run away laughing.
[UK]Western Dly Press 8 July 11/4: It became ‘the thing’ [...] to ‘cock a snook’ at the French rulers.
[US]‘Mae West in “The Hip Flipper”’ [comic strip] in B. Adelman Tijuana Bibles (1997) 91: She hesitated long enough in front of old man Fuzzy-Nuts house to make a couple of snoots at him.
[UK]R. Westerby Wide Boys Never Work (1938) 156: Oxford Street just sits square on its behind and cocks a snook with coarse indifference.
[UK](con. 1937) R. Westerby Mad in Pursuit 138: If you don’t turn up I’ll cock a snook and catch the midday train.
[SA]H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 91: It was a nice feeling. [...] Cocking a snook at the whole prison.
[UK]Willans & Searle Complete Molesworth (1985) 349: Porridge Court have cocked snooks at us [...] called us cowardly custardians.
[Aus]J. Walker No Sunlight Singing (1966) 42: She turned and cocked a snook at the house.
[US]G. Legman Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 156: Nose-thumbing [...] of Italian origin, it is variously called la fica, the fig; fa’n’gul (dialectal italian for I fuck [you] in the ass); ‘biting the thumb’ (Romeo & Juliet I. i), ‘cocking snooks,’ ‘taking a grinder,’ and, most commonly nowadays, ‘thumbing the nose’.
[US]G. Wolff Duke of Deception (1990) 235: How we loved that, cocking a snoot at Them as we drank ruinously expensive and flat bitter.
[Ire](con. 1920s) L. Redmond Emerald Square 57: The native Irish with eyes wide apart, staring in terror, little cock-a-snoot noses and long upper lips, wide mouths open.
[UK]S. Armitage ‘Newton’s Third Law’ in Zoom 15: Two blue-eyed blondes / who cocked a snook at Phyllis and Simone.
[UK]Eve. Standard 28 May 63: They cock a snook at ultra modern tripe with a well-measured veneer of knowledge.
[UK]Observer Rev. 28 Nov. 4: The American suits looked on, cocking snooty.
[UK]Guardian Weekend 29 Jan. 5: He was cocking a snook at that final sacred cow, his talent.
M. Forsyth Short History of Drunkenness 50: Given the Greeks’ penchant for cocking a snook at those who dared not be Greek.