nuz·​zle | \ ˈnə-zəl How to pronounce nuzzle (audio) \
nuzzled; nuzzling\ ˈnəz-​liŋ How to pronounce nuzzling (audio) , ˈnə-​zə-​ \

Definition of nuzzle

intransitive verb

1 : to work with or as if with the nose especially : to root, rub, or snuff something
2 : to lie close or snug

transitive verb

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

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Examples of nuzzle in a Sentence

The dog nuzzled my leg. He nuzzled into her neck.
Recent Examples on the Web At one point, the Hunger Games actor was also seen nuzzling her chest and neck. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Who Is Maddison Brown, the Woman Spotted Holding Hands With Liam Hemsworth?," 12 Oct. 2019 The female dugong, named Marium, was found in April off the coast of Krabi, southern Thailand, and photos of her nuzzling marine biologists quickly went viral. Emily Dixon, CNN, "A baby dugong that became a Thai internet star died with plastic waste in its stomach," 17 Aug. 2019 Pineapple’s three favorite things are food, running, and soft blankets to nuzzle on. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Best buds for life and more up for adoption in Valley shelters," 25 Oct. 2019 The alien close-up parade intoxicates: cackling horns, a goatfur satyr nuzzling some gatorface, the impossibly cute little mouseman squeaking out a booze request. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: A New Hope lets the old things die," 23 Oct. 2019 People on a charter fishing boat out of Palm Beach County were treated to a rare sight when the largest fish in the sea, a whale shark, playfully nuzzled up to their vessel. Doug Phillips,, "Whale shark seen off South Florida’s coast," 21 Oct. 2019 Rexha could be seen mouthing as Cabello and Mendes nuzzled noses and got within kissing distance during their duet. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Joe Jonas, Taylor Swift's Reaction After Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello Didn't Kiss in MTV VMAs Duet," 26 Aug. 2019 Near stables in the back of the property, retired racehorses nuzzle one another, lazily waiting to be saddled up by State Police for patrols. Alison Kuznitz,, "A bumper crop of discord over popular Plymouth farm," 18 July 2019 Photos of Marium nuzzling with her caretakers quickly spread on Thai media. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "A dead baby dugong is a reminder that the US helped cause Thailand’s plastic problem," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nuzzle

1530, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for nuzzle

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

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The first known use of nuzzle was in 1530

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4 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nuzzle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nuzzle

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


nuz·​zle | \ ˈnə-zəl How to pronounce nuzzle (audio) \
nuzzled; nuzzling

Kids Definition of nuzzle

: 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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