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.
- Rhymes: -ɒzəl
schnozzle (plural schnozzles)
- (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.
slang: human nose, especially large one