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snook 1

 (sno͝ok, sno͞ok)
n. pl. snook or snooks
Any of several chiefly marine fishes of the family Centropomidae, especially Centropomus undecimalis, a food and game fish of warm Atlantic waters. Also called robalo, sergeant fish.

[Dutch snoek, pike, from Middle Dutch snoec.]

snook 2

 (sno͝ok, sno͞ok)
A gesture of derision or defiance.
cock a snook/snoot Chiefly British
To thumb one's nose: "[The clock] is set wrong and hung crooked, as if to cock a snook at the importance of time" (Kevin Crossley-Holland).

[Origin unknown.]


n, pl snook or snooks
1. (Animals) any of several large game fishes of the genus Centropomus, esp C. undecimalis of tropical American marine and fresh waters: family Centropomidae (robalos)
2. (Animals) Austral the sea pike Australuzza novaehollandiae
[C17: from Dutch snoek pike]


cock a snook
a. to make a rude gesture by putting one thumb to the nose with the fingers of the hand outstretched
b. to show contempt by being insulting or offensive
[C19: of obscure origin]


(snuk, snʊk)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) snook, (esp. for kinds or species) snooks.
any of various warm-water marine fishes of the family Centropomidae, esp. Centropomus undecimalis, of the Atlantic.
[1690–1700; < Dutch snoek]


(snʊk, snuk)

a gesture of defiance, disrespect, or derision made by thumbing the nose.
cock a snook, to thumb the nose.
[1875–80; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snook - large tropical American food and game fishes of coastal and brackish waters; resemble pike
Centropomidae, family Centropomidae - a family of fish or the order Perciformes including robalos
robalo - a kind of percoid fish


[snuːk] N to cock a snook at sb (fig) → hacer un palmo de narices a algn, hacer burlas a algn


[snuːk] n (Brit) (fam) to cock a snook at sbfare marameo a qn, prendere in giro qn
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