Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for snite in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
snite (plural snites)
From Middle English sniten, from Old English snȳtan (“to clear or blow the nose”), from Proto-Germanic *snūtijaną (“to blow the nose”). Cognate with Old Norse snýta (“to blow the nose”), whence Danish snyde and Swedish snyta sig, and with German sich schneuzen. Related to snout and snot.
- (obsolete or Scotland, transitive) to blow (one's nose)
- (obsolete or Scotland, transitive) to snuff (a candle)
- Thomson, J. - Etymons of English words - pg. 199