Definition of nuzzle
nuzzlingplay \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 against the cushion
Examples of nuzzle in a Sentence
The dog nuzzled my leg.
He nuzzled into her neck.
Recent Examples of nuzzle from the Web
The velvety 1-month-old pressed his whiskery nose into her sleeve and nuzzled her arm with his toothless gums.
My husband stood stoically a few feet away, hunched over the exam table, gently nuzzling our tiny two-week-old son as, to his piercing shrieks, the technician drew vial after vial of blood.
In the picture, A-Rod appeared to nuzzle her ear while hiding behind her hair.
Her third husband, Mike Todd, nuzzles her cheek while peering down at their daughter who is sound asleep on Taylor’s chest.
Since the nineteen-seventies, Caland’s nuzzling provocations have been delighting and unsettling those lucky enough to see them.
Tiller is while others nuzzled their faces into their boyfriend's shoulders.
Zoo officials say Murphy showed affection to the young giraffe, nuzzling his face, but Ernie later became aggressive for unknown reasons and the animals were separated.
Their animals come in wholes and halves and thirds, heads and shoulders, or simply heads, chewing, nuzzling, bellowing.
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Origin and Etymology of nuzzle
Middle English noselen to bring the nose toward the ground, from nose
First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
NUZZLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of nuzzle for Students
: 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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