a. the projecting nose and jaws, or muzzle, of an animal
b. an anterior prolongation of the head resembling this, as in a weevil; rostrum
2. something like an animal's snout, as a nozzle
3. Informal a human nose, esp. a large one
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Word origin of 'snout'ME snoute, prob. < MDu snute, akin to Ger schnauze < IE base *snā-, *sneu-, to drip fluid, wetness > L natare, to swim, nutrire, to nurse