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
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.
Rae, a tiny pixie of a sophomore wearing a newsboy cap, nuzzles up against Sean, a handsome freshman.
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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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