Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology Cite this entry

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.

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"Snout n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 13 Dec 2018 <>



Try an Advanced Search

Browse SND:

Browse Up
Browse Down