[ shnou-zer; German shnou-tsuhr ]
/ ˈʃnaʊ zər; German ˈʃnaʊ tsər /


one of a German breed of sturdy medium-sized dogs having a tight, wiry, pepper-and-salt or pure black coat, bristly eyebrows and beardlike whiskers, and a docked tail, used originally as a ratter and a guard dog and later used in police work.

Nearby words

  1. schm‐,
  2. schnabel,
  3. schnabel, artur,
  4. schnapper,
  5. schnapps,
  6. schnecke,
  7. schnecken,
  8. schneider,
  9. schneider trophy,
  10. schneiderman

Origin of schnauzer

1920–25; < German, equivalent to Schnauze snout + -er -er1

Also called standard schnauzer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for schnauzer


/ (ˈʃnaʊtsə) /


a wire-haired breed of dog of the terrier type, originally from Germany, having a greyish coat and distinctive beard, moustache, and eyebrows

Word Origin for schnauzer

C19: from German Schnauze snout

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Word Origin and History for schnauzer



breed of terrier, 1923, from German Schnauzer, literally "growler," from schnauzen "to snarl, growl," from Schnauze "snout, muzzle," which is related to Middle English snute, snoute "snout" (see snout).

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