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schnozzle

/ (ˈʃnɒzəl) /
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noun

mainly US a slang word for nose (def. 1)

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Word Origin for schnozzle

alteration of Yiddish shnoitsl, diminutive of shnoits, from German Schnauze snout
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What does schnozzle mean?

Schnozzle is a slang term for a nose, especially a big one.

The word schnoz means the same thing and is more commonly used. Other variants include schnozz and schnozzola.

Schnozzle is very informal and is usually used to be funny. Sometimes, it’s used to make fun of someone who has a big nose, which can be very rude and offensive, but some people also apply the term to their own nose.

It can also be used neutrally, simply as a silly way to refer to any nose, as in You’ve got a little something on your schnozzle. This use of the word doesn’t necessarily imply that the nose is big.

Example: If my schnozzle were any bigger, it would have its own area code!

Where does schnozzle come from?

The first records of the word schnozzle come from the 1920s from the U.S. Its origin was likely influenced by several different words, including nose and nozzle. It may come from an alteration of the Yiddish shnoitsl, a diminutive of shnoits, from the German Schnauze, meaning “snout.” Several other nose-related Yiddish words begin with schn or shn, including shnabl and shnuk, both meaning “beak,” and shnoyts, meaning “snout.”

The word snout itself is also related to the German Schnauze (which is the basis for the word schnauzer, a name of a breed of dog). Snout is most commonly used to refer to animal noses, but it can also be used as a slang term for a person’s nose. Schnozzle is most commonly used to refer to people’s noses, but it can also be used to refer to an animal snout, as in Look at the schnozzle on that anteater!

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What are some synonyms for schnozzle?

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How is schnozzle used in real life?

Schnozzle is very informal. Calling someone’s nose a schnozzle can be rude, but the term isn’t usually used to be insulting. The word schnoz is much more commonly used.

Try using schnozzle!

Which of the following words is a synonym of schnozzle?

A. honker
B. snout
C.sniffer
D. all of the above

Example sentences from the Web for schnozzle

  • Got it full up and just the end of his little old schnozzle sticking out.

    What's He Doing in There?|Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • It began to look as if the next thing this girl would do would be to compare me to Schnozzle Durante.

    Right Ho, Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse
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