The wonder of the snout
The word snout doesn’t strike me as a likely parent of many words. Wrong again.
Snout showed up from early Germanic sources in English in the early 1200s, meaning trunk or projecting nose of an animal.
The Scottish version of snout is snoot. It made its way back to English in 1861, meaning nose.
Snore & snort appeared in the 1300s & 1400s respectively. Etymologists cite these words as coming from snout, but also as imitative words of the sounds they represent.
In the 1300s snout gave us the verb snack, meaning to bite or snap. By the 1400s snack also became a noun meaning a snatch or snap. By the 1680s, the meaning a share or portion grew from the original noun meaning, & by 1757 snack began to mean a bit of food to be eaten hastily.
In Old English, the word snafl was born of snout. It meant nasal mucus. In time, snafl became snyflan, which gave us both sniffle and snivel.
Another snout-born Old English word referring to nasal mucus was gesnot, which by the late 1300s, morphed into our modern word snot.
In German, the mother-word for snout gave birth to a word for snarl, which got applied to a breed of dog, & made its way into English in 1923 as the word schnauzer.
All from snout — who knew?
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