- Schnauße (obsolete)
From Middle Low German snūte, whence also later German Schnute (“pouting mouth”). Cognate with Dutch snuit, whence probably English snout. The forms Schnauße and somewhat later Schnauze are artificial adaptions to the High German consonantism, probably under the influence of schnäuzen (“to blow one’s nose”), cognate of Middle Low German snüten, which verb is only remotely related to the noun, however. An original High German cognate may be at hand in Central Franconian Schnüss, Luxembourgish Schnëss.
- Schnauze in Duden online