verb nuz·zle \ˈnə-zəl\

: to gently push or rub your nose or face against (someone or something) to show affection

nuz·zlednuz·zling \ˈnəz-liŋ, ˈnə-zə-\

Full Definition of NUZZLE

intransitive verb
:  to work with or as if with the nose; especially :  to root, rub, or snuff something
:  to lie close or snug
transitive verb
:  to root, rub, or touch with or as if with the nose
:  to rub or push gently (as one's face) against something

Examples of NUZZLE

  1. The dog nuzzled my leg.
  2. He nuzzled into her neck.

Origin of NUZZLE

Middle English noselen to bring the nose toward the ground, from nose
First Known Use: 1530

Related to NUZZLE

cuddle, nestle, snoozle [chiefly dialect], snuggle

Rhymes with NUZZLE

NUZZLE Defined for Kids


verb nuz·zle \ˈnə-zəl\

Definition of NUZZLE for Kids

:  to push or rub with the nose <… the mare nuzzled again gently at his neck. — Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising>


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