The following is from Francois, Duc, de la Rochefoucauld's Portrait of Himself:

I find it difficult to describe my nose; for it is neither snub, aquiline, thick, nor pointed, at least to the best of my belief; all I can say is that it is big rather than small, and somewhat too long.

I understand what is a snub nose, aquiline nose, and pointed nose, but I don't know what is a thick nose. May I ask what it is?


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It's not a very common way of describing a nose, so I can see why one might find this confusing.

As @Liron has mentioned, thick means "having a large distance between two sides".

With a nose, you may ask, well which sides? Is it at the bridge of the nose? At the nostril?

I would take it to mean thick all way the down. This is different to big since big suggests it's long, thick and sticks out quite a lot!

Other ways to consider the adjective in this context might be "broad" or "wide". It's fairly arbitrary and open to your interpretation though.

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    “Thick” can also mean “heavily built”. For example, a manual laborer might have “thick hands” with tough calloused skin and stubby fingers. There’s a connotation of coarseness or the opposite of elegance.
    – ColleenV
    Aug 28, 2019 at 15:36
  • Agreed @ColleenV
    – Gamora
    Aug 28, 2019 at 16:09

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