from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several chiefly marine percoid fishes of the family Centropomidae, especially Centropomus undecimalis, a food and game fish of warm Atlantic waters. Also called sergeant fish.
- n. A gesture of derision or defiance.
- idiom snook 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A freshwater and marine fish of the family Centropomidae in the order Perciformes.
- n. A name for various other fishes. See Snook on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- v. To fish for snook.
- n. A disrespectful gesture, performed by placing the tip of a thumb on one's nose with the fingers spread, and typically while wiggling the fingers back and forth.
- v. To sniff out.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To lurk; to lie in ambush.
- n. A large perchlike marine food fish (Centropomus undecimalis) found both on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of tropical America; -- called also ravallia, and robalo.
- n. The cobia.
- n. The garfish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lurk; lie in ambush; pry about.
- To smell; search out
- n. The cobia, crab-eater, or sergeant-fish, Elacate canada. See cut under cobia
- n. Any fish of the genus Centropomus; a robalo. See robalo, and cut under Centropomus.
- n. A garfish.
- n. A carangoid fish, Thyrsites atun: so called at the Cape of Good Hope, and also snoek (a Dutch form).
- n. The pike and various other fishes of similar shape.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large tropical American food and game fishes of coastal and brackish waters; resemble pike
Dutch snoek, pike, from Middle Dutch snoec.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dutch snoek (Wiktionary)
From the 19th century. Unknown origin, possibly related to snoot or snout. (Wiktionary)