- a small bunch of flowers; bouquet; posy.
Origin of nosegay
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Examples from the Web for nosegay
It would puzzle a gardener to surpass the elegance and delicacy of such a nosegay.Aunt Deborah
Mary Russell Mitford
Did you ever read 'Footpaths of Fate,' in the Nosegay series, sir?The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
"I must pay a reckoning for this," I sighed; but since a bargain is a bargain I gave her the nosegay.
"Well," said I, "the nosegay is yours at the price," and I held it out to her.
There was a nosegay for each guest, and no two nosegays were alike.A Little Country Girl
- a small bunch of flowers; posy
C15: from nose + archaic gay a toy
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Word Origin and History for nosegay
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