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Likely from Yiddish שנויץ(shnoyts), in turn from German Schnauze (snout).[1][2] Compare schnozzle. A less common theory suggests a variant of nose influenced by schm-, or by general association with Yiddish words.[3] Attested since at least 1940.


schnozz (plural schnozzes)

  1. (slang) nose
    • 1993 March 5, Langer, Adam, “Sex Lives of Superheroes/Subfertile”, in The Chicago Reader[2]:
      There's a TV commercial out now for a nasal spray in which a man in need of a decongestant wakes up to find that his entire head has turned into a giant schnozz.
    • 1998 June 26, Adams, Cecil, “The Straight Dope”, in The Chicago Reader[3]:
      One presumes the anesthetic is for the bull, although if I were about to pound a nail through some bull's schnozz I might want some anesthetic myself.
    • 1999 November 5, Zimmer, Carl, “Society of Vertebrate Paleontology: The Stories Behind the Bones”, in Science[4], volume 286, number 5442, DOI:10.1126/science.286.5442.1071, ISSN 0036-8075, pages 1071-1074:
      In another talk, a DinoNose collaborator, Scott Sampson of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, pointed out a number of ridges in the ceratopsian schnozz that probably supported curtains of cartilage; these in turn may have served as scaffolding for layers upon layers of mucous membranes.


  1. ^ schnozz, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982.
  2. ^ schnozz” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
  3. ^ “schnoz”, in Unabridged.[1], Random House, Inc., accessed March 30, 2018, page