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    "a Hungarian nose"?

    Hello,

    could somebody explain to me the exact meaning of the phrase "to have a Hungarian nose"? Does it express the quality of being "broad" or "flared"? Has anybody ever heard it in spoken English or is it rather old-fashioned or bookish (if it does exist as a set phrase at all)? I did not find it in the dictionaries, at least on the web...

    I came across it in "The New Yorker", and it was used about a professor of classical literature, who is reported to have "owlish eyes (an idiomatic expression in English, as I found out, DS), a flared Hungarian nose, and a tendency to gesture broadly with the flat palms of his hands..." The professor is possibly a man of Hungarian descent (his surname is Hungarian: Nagy), but still... it seems to be a general description and I found a few similar collocations on the web, "a prominent Hungarian nose", "a strong Hungarian nose"...

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    David

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    Re: "a Hungarian nose"?

    Never heard of it. I think your guess ('broad or flared') is quite likely. This sort of nose is sometimes called 'a fleshy nose'.

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    Re: "a Hungarian nose"?

    I have never seen this phrase before.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "a Hungarian nose"?

    These images might help.

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    Re: "a Hungarian nose"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Never heard of it. I think your guess ('broad or flared') is quite likely. This sort of nose is sometimes called 'a fleshy nose'.

    b
    Hello,

    let me share an article about typology of 14 different shapes of human nose ranging from "fleshy" to "celestial" (a Hungarian nose is missing, unfortunately, but thereīs a Greek one, a Roman one...):
    There are 14 types of nose... which one is yours? | Mail Online
    My own nose is definitelly far from beautiful, Iīm, however, glad, I donīt have "a snub" shape, as people with this, supposedly, "frequently lack spiritual and physical maturity"

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    Re: "a Hungarian nose"?

    Terms like Roman nose are common enough, but I have never heard of a Hungarian nose. It's not a standard term.

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