shnoz

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. "A nose, especially a large, unattractive one." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Our family has a very distinctive shnoz!" - my Dad says this of our family

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Who Uses This

  • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
  • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

  • North America
  • Great Britain
  • South Africa
  • Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

  • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Alternative Spellings

schnoz, shnaz

Notes

  • Origin unclear: likely from German schnauze ('snout') (Rosten 268); Bluestein (103) says Yiddish and English ("shnoltsl" influenced by "nozzle")

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