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Probably from Yiddish שנויץ (shnoits, snout), originally from German Schnauze (snout, muzzle). The Oxford English Dictionary suggests the word may be pseudo-Yiddish coined in English. Attested since 1930.

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schnozzle (plural schnozzles)

  1. (slang) The human nose, especially one that is large.
    • 1932, “The Passionate Plumber”, in Motion Picture, page 64:
      Buster Keaton is the plumber, passionate or otherwise, and he is more than ably assisted by the Schnozzle, Jimmy Durante.
    • 1947, Leslie Waller, Show Me the Way, page 31:
      I poked that bastard in the schnozzle, he told himself proudly, and everybody on the crew will thank me.

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