From Middle English snot, snotte, from Old English ġesnot, *snott, from Proto-West Germanic *snott, *snutt, from Proto-Germanic *snuttuz (“nasal mucus”), from the same base as snout. Related also to snite.
Cognate with North Frisian snot (“snot”), Saterland Frisian Snotte (“snot”), West Frisian snotte (“snot”), Dutch snot (“snot”), German Low German Snött (“snot”), dialectal German Schnutz (“snot”), Danish snot (“snot”), Norwegian snott (“snot”).
- (informal, uncountable) Mucus, especially mucus from the nose.
- (slang, countable) A contemptible child.
- 2010, Ernest L. Rhodes, A Coal Miner's Family at Mooseheart, page 19:
- With no warning a gang of little snots — none larger or older than I was — threw me to the ground, pulled my knickers below my knees — without any explanation, and allowed me to get up.
- (slang, obsolete) A mean fellow.
- (Northern England, dialectal) The flamed out wick of a candle.
- Synonym: snuff
- (US ?, figurative, informal) A blemish or encumbrance that one exercises out of something.
- 2019 December 6, Lee Boyce, “4 Reasons You’ve Got No Rear Delts”, in T-Nation:
- Working the snot out of shoulders at full flexion and extension end ranges with isometrics can not only be the hidden key to creating more available range of motion for immobile, injury-prone shoulders, but also to help develop dormant muscle groups like the rear delts, which otherwise get little to no play in exercises intended for them.
- booger (US) (but note this noun is countable)
Derived terms Edit
- (transitive, intransitive) To blow, wipe, or clear (the nose).
- (intransitive) To sniff or snivel; to produce snot, to have a runny nose.
- 2014, Caitlin Moran, How to Build a Girl, Ebury, published 2015, page 148:
- I was snotting all into my mouth and having to eat it, silently shuddering.
- snot (nasal mucus) (informal in English, not in Danish)
snot n (uncountable)
- snot, nasal mucus