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1A person with a long nose. Frequently (and in earliest use) figurative: (a name for) a person who pries or is objectionably inquisitive.
2Any of several fishes with long snouts; especially the garfish, Belone belone, of the north-east Atlantic. Now rare.
1Designating something with a long nose or snout; = long-nosed.
2Designating a person with a long nose; (of a face) characterized by having a long nose.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas D'Urfey (?1653–1723), playwright and writer. From long + nose.
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