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snook / snoŏk/ • n. a large edible game fish (Centropomus undecimalis, family Centropomidae) of the Caribbean that is sometimes found in brackish water. snook2 • n. (in phrase cock a snook) inf., chiefly Brit. place one's hand so that the thumb touches one's nose and the fingers are spread out, in order to express contempt: you wouldn't be so quick to cock a snook if she were actually looking at you. ∎ fig. openly show contempt or a lack of respect for someone or something; thumb one's nose: he spent a lifetime cocking a snook at the art world.

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snookarchduke, chibouk, duke, Farouk, fluke, gook, kook, Luke, nuke, peruke, puke, rebuke, Seljuk, snook, souk, spook, spruik, stook, tuque, zouk •gobbledegook • sail-fluke •Marmaduke • Pentateuch

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snook1 sergeant-fish. XVII. — Du. snoek = (M)LG. snōk, prob. rel. to SNACK.

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snook2 derisive gesture with thumb to nose (phr. cock a s.). XIX (snooks). of unkn. orig.