Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
SNOUT, n. Also snoot, snowt. Dim. snouttie. Sc. forms and usages. [snut]
1. As in Eng., the nose. Gen.Sc.; transf., the face, head. Obs. in Eng. exc. dial.
Sc. 1721 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 187:
Wha gart the hearty Billies stay To see his Snowt, to hear him play. Edb. 1772 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 82:
For thof ye had as wise a snout on As Shakespeare or Sir Isaac Newton. Abd. a.1849 Bards Bon-Accord (Walker 1887) 373:
It never cam' in Willie's snout 'Twas time to jee. Abd. 1832 W. Scott Poems:
When early sense began to sprout, An' childish notions leave my snout. Bnff. 1869 W. Knight Auld Yule 63:
Oh ye whase cauldriffe snoutties drap, Like pinkin' weet frae riggin' crap. Ayr. 1892 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage 306:
A dribble o' drink in his snout. Abd. 1914 J. Leatham Daavit 33:
[He] pinntit my portrait for naething . . . He wis that ta'en wi' my snoot that he hid ti hae a shot at it. Lnk. 1948 :
They're a' ae soo's snout — (one is as bad as the other).
2. The peak (of a cap). Gen.Sc. Also in n.Eng. dial. Derivs. and ppl.adj.: snooter, a peaked cap, snootie, -y, peaked, snootit, -ed, id.
Kcd. 1796 J. Burness Thrummy Cap (1887) 8:
A Thrummy Cap baith large an' stout Wi' flaps ahint, (as weel's a snout). Per. 1878 R. Ford Hamespun Lays 109:
A sunbrunt suit an' snootit cap. Slk. 1892 W. M. Adamson Betty Blether 37:
A twa snootit man's bannet. Ags. 1898 A. H. Rea Divot Dyke 114:
No, on he went, his dooble snooter Drawn doon his face abune his cooter. m.Sc. 1917 J. Buchan Poems 37:
His snootit kep that hid the broos aneath. Abd. 1953 Huntly Express (19 June):
The rim abune the snoot hid fancy fite diamonds on't. . . . Ane o' the lads wi' the snootit bonnets.
3. A projecting point of land or of a building, a bluff, promontory, etc.
Edb. 1773 Fergusson Poems (S.T.S.) II. 176:
On yonder Ruin's lofty snout. Sc. 1867 N. Macleod Highl. Parish 362:
The black raven sat on a snout of rock above him. Sc. 1873 J. Morley Gladstone (1905) II. 47:
I see no other rock ahead; but sometimes they project their snouts unexpectedly.
4. Fig. Impudence, “cheek.”
Sc. 1724 Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 21:
Now wae and wander on your snout, Wad ye compare yoursell to me?
5. A detective, a policeman (Abd. 1920; Ags. 1934 G. M. Martin Dundee Worthies 28; Gsw. 1934 Partridge Dict. Slang; Abd., Ags., wm.Sc., Wgt. 1971). Sc. slang.
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