nuzzle

verb nuz·zle \ ˈnə-zəl \
Updated on: 16 Mar 2018

Definition of nuzzle

nuzzled; nuzzling play \ˈnəz-liŋ, ˈnə-zə-\
1 : to work with or as if with the nose; especially : to root, rub, or snuff something
2 : to lie close or snug
1 : to root, rub, or touch with or as if with the nose
2 : to rub or push gently against something
  • nuzzled her face against the cushion

Examples of nuzzle in a Sentence

  1. The dog nuzzled my leg.

  2. He nuzzled into her neck.

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Origin and Etymology of nuzzle

Middle English noselen to bring the nose toward the ground, from nose

nuzzle Synonyms

Synonyms

cuddle, nestle, snuggle;

Near Antonyms

blench, flinch, quail, recoil, shrink, shy, start, wince;

Related Words

curl up;

crouch, huddle;


NUZZLE Defined for English Language Learners

nuzzle

Definition of nuzzle for English Language Learners

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


NUZZLE Defined for Kids

nuzzle

verb nuz·zle \ ˈnə-zəl \

Definition of nuzzle for Students

nuzzled; nuzzling
: 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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