nuzzle

verb
nuz·​zle | \ˈnə-zəl \
nuzzled; nuzzling\ ˈnəz-​liŋ , 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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Synonyms for nuzzle

Synonyms

cuddle, nestle, snoozle [chiefly dialect], snuggle

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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

Down the road in picturesque Round Prairie, where the snow nuzzles the underbellies of the large bison bulls that call the area home, photography tour guide Jared Lloyd, 36, was tracking a bull moose on Soda Butte Creek. Rob Kuznia, Washington Post, "At national parks, the confusing reality of the government shutdown’s first day," 20 Jan. 2018 As Targalski continued the interview, his cat nuzzled his ear, used his shoulders to get a closer look at a chandelier above and, at one point, curled its tail across Targalski’s face, covering his eyes. Amy B Wang, The Seattle Times, "A professor was giving a TV interview about Polish politics. His cat didn’t care.," 9 July 2018 As Targalski continued the interview, his cat nuzzled his ear, used his shoulders to get a closer look at a chandelier above and, at one point, curled its tail across Targalski’s face, covering his eyes. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "A professor was giving a TV interview about Polish politics. His cat didn’t care.," 9 July 2018 In 2010 in Washington State, for instance, people observed a killer whale pushing around and nuzzling her dead calf for six hours, unwilling to abandon the body. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Study Suggests Dolphins and Some Whales Grieve Their Dead," 20 June 2018 The first is to attend a yoga class, where goats have been known to come right up and nuzzle the nose of yogis breathing their way through a downward dog. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Hang out with (and pet) pigs, alpacas, goats, and more at these farms and animal rescues near Philadelphia," 6 June 2018 On Sunday, Ivanka posted an Instagram of herself nuzzling her youngest son, Theodore . . . Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Ivanka Trump’s Sage Advice for the Internet? “Ignore the Trolls”," 29 May 2018 Warm, sleepy puppies that nuzzle their noses under your chin and snore sweetly. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake up next to shut down retail stores selling puppies, and Orange should do it too," 4 May 2018 Then, in late September, Scott featured Sofia on his Insta Story (which isn't as permanent as a page feature, but nonetheless a big deal), nuzzling his face into the model's neck. Leanna Commins, Cosmopolitan, "Did Sofia Richie Just Make It Instagram-Official With Scott Disick?," 3 Oct. 2017

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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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More Definitions for nuzzle

nuzzle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of nuzzle

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

nuzzle

verb
nuz·​zle | \ˈnə-zəl \
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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