schnau·​zer ˈshnau̇-zər How to pronounce schnauzer (audio)
: a dog of any of three breeds that originated in Germany and are characterized by a wiry coat, long head, pointed ears, heavy eyebrows, and long hair on the muzzle:

Examples of schnauzer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Sadie died in 2018, Schilling found Harvey, a 10-year-old schnauzer that was surrendered to the Humane Society. Palak Jayswal, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 One who was out was Mark Morales, 42, an engineering technician, who was walking his 19-year-old schnauzer named Moose through the Heights in Houston Sunday afternoon. Maria Jimenez Moya, New York Times, 10 July 2023 Only their 13-year-old schnauzer Axle, adopted from an animal shelter as a companion to Izzy, was still alive. Susan Young, Peoplemag, 12 July 2023 The wallpaper fairly blooms with flowers, and a giant dog cutout remembers Lucy, Greenbaum’s late schnauzer. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 7 July 2023 The schnauzer bolted for the truck. al, 8 Mar. 2022 Jonathan’s grandmother, Shulamit, corrals the schnauzer, Squash. Daniel Poler, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2022 The couple both go barefoot for a walk in the park with her Jack Russell terrier–schnauzer mix, Zeppelin. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 2 Feb. 2023 Donna Goebel, from Ohio, sat at the water’s edge while her schnauzer Atticus waded in the ocean. David Goodhue, Pedro Portal, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


German, from Schnauze snout — more at snout

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of schnauzer was in 1899

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“Schnauzer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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schnau·​zer ˈshnau̇t-sər How to pronounce schnauzer (audio)
: any of a German breed of dogs with a long head, pointed ears, and wiry coat

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