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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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"Open, sir, directly; it's Snooks." "Oh, I'm very sorry; I didn't know it was you, Snooks." And then with well-feigned zeal the door would be opened, young hopeful praying that that beast Snooks mightn't have heard the scuffle caused by his coming.
It had been one thing to clean out studies for sons of heroes like old Brooke, but was quite another to do the like for Snooks and Green, who had never faced a good scrummage at football, and couldn't keep the passages in order at night.
Noakes and Co.'s might, or Snooks Brothers' might; but Tellson's, thank Heaven!--
He would undertake to prove before a committee of the House of Commons, that there existed a combination to keep up the price of muffins, and to give the bellmen a monopoly; he would prove it by bellmen at the bar of that House; and he would also prove, that these men corresponded with each other by secret words and signs as 'Snooks,' 'Walker,' 'Ferguson,' 'Is Murphy right?' and many others.
Sometimes these correspondents assumed facetious names, as the Brick, Bellows, Old Gooseberry, Wideawake, Snooks, Mops, Cutaway, the Dogs-meat Man; but he considered this in bad taste, and was always a little hurt by it.
Snook said eighth man Joshua Chisanga, who is currently plying his professional trade with Polish side Orkan Sochaczew, will be back in the country two weeks before the north African tour.Besides the Elgon Cup first leg duel, Snooks World Cup qualification preparation plans include a tour of Cape Town from June 9 to 16.The New Zealander acknowledged that the players strength and conditioning had greatly improved.
The recent closure of S.J at Snooks Steakhouse in Barrhead has left a bad taste in the mouths of countless loyal customers.
Ian, 70, said: "My heart went into overdrive and Snooks's heart slowed down.
Ian Anderson's moggy Snooks would collapse up to eight times a day as his heart stopped beating.
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