\ ˈshnäz How to pronounce schnoz (audio) \
variants: or schnozz or less commonly schnozzola \ ˌshnä-​ˈzō-​lə How to pronounce schnozzola (audio) \
plural schnozzes also schnozzolas

Definition of schnoz

US slang
: nose Sneezing is a natural reflex designed to clear virus particles from your schnozz.— Jeff Keough used especially of a large nose … a swordsman with the soul of a poet and the schnoz of Pinocchio.— Tim Appelo et al.My former girlfriend Carrie was an aspiring actress who often contemplated a nose job. But with her high cheekbones and beautiful, wide mouth, her substantial schnoz looked just right.— Josh MooneyBruins forward Rob DiMaio has the NHL's most spectacular schnozz. Lumpy and brightly scarred at its bridge, the DiMaio proboscis possesses an angular inconsistency that would befuddle a geometrician.— Kostya KennedyWoolright goes over and pinches C.D.'s big schnozzola.— Amiri Baraka

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Synonyms for schnoz


beak, conk [chiefly British slang], honker [slang], neb, nose, nozzle [slang], proboscis, schnozzle [slang], smeller, snoot, snout

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Examples of schnoz in a Sentence

another smart remark like that and you'll get a bop on the schnoz

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The 2019 Sierra is larger overall, has a bolder schnoz and uses new lighting technology to dramatic effect. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "GMC hatches next-gen 2019 half-ton, offers off-road version, carbon-fiber bed," 7 Apr. 2018 In Paskhover’s office in New York, new patients would plop down, hand over their phone, and complain about how their schnoz looked in selfies. Carolyn Crist, WIRED, "Use Science (Not Surgery) to Create Your Best Selfie," 31 Mar. 2018 Isn’t a sudden change in fuel-economy standards a sucker punch in the schnoz of engineers toiling late into the Ambien hours to invent yet more efficient internal-combustion engines? John Phillips, Car and Driver, "It's Too Late Not to Get Political About Cars; They've Always Been Political," 14 Feb. 2018 Once ridiculed by all the other reindeer, Rudolph's fluorescent schnoz saved the day by guiding Santa's sleigh through dense fog. Holly Yan, CNN, "How Rudolph got a bright red nose... and other holiday science explained," 20 Dec. 2017 Formation,’’ Beyoncé states her preference for a big schnoz in a world in which a smaller, button nose remains the standard for all races. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Is Being ‘Unapologetic’ the New Patriotic — or a Form of Resistance?," 25 July 2017 For many Earthlings, our planet is teeming with airborne pollens, spores, and toxins that clog schnozes and turn windpipes wheezy. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "In NASA simulation, people tote hardy, allergy-inducing molds to Mars," 12 July 2017 But my big schnoz and a thin head make getting into and out of full-face helmets painfully awkward. Damon Lavrinc, WIRED, "A Current Affair: Have $770 and a Brain? You'll Want This Top-Notch Motorcycle Helmet," 16 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of schnoz

1940, in the meaning defined above

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