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[nuhz-uh l] /ˈnʌz əl/
verb (used without object), nuzzled, nuzzling.
to burrow or root with the nose, snout, etc., as an animal does:
a rabbit nuzzling into the snow.
to thrust the nose, muzzle, etc.:
The dog nuzzled up to his master.
to lie very close to someone or something; cuddle or snuggle up.
verb (used with object), nuzzled, nuzzling.
to root up with the nose, snout, etc.:
training pigs to nuzzle truffles from the ground.
to touch or rub with the nose, snout, muzzle, etc.
to thrust the nose, muzzle, snout, etc., against or into:
The horse was nuzzling my pocket for sugar.
to thrust (the nose or head), as into something.
to lie very close to; cuddle or snuggle up to.
an affectionate embrace or cuddle.
Origin of nuzzle
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English noselen to grovel; origin uncertain
Related forms
unnuzzled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for nuzzled
Historical Examples
  • He stopped before Bruce and nuzzled the man's hands as they caressed his hot, soft nose.

    Bruce of the Circle A Harold Titus
  • And he nuzzled up to his master, in a way that made his tears come.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Croaker came to a halt, his head hanging until he could have nuzzled Drew's shoulder.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • He grinned and nuzzled her affectionately, and decided to stay a while longer.

    Fair and Warmer E. G. von Wald
  • She nuzzled his shoulder, looked soulfully up with her shiny yellow-hazel eyes.

    Sjambak John Holbrook Vance
  • Dauna half turned, and nuzzled her chin in Blake's brown neck.

  • Molly nuzzled Maggie's pockets, but gave up when she didn't find a treat.

    Maggie's Wish Marilyn D. Anderson
  • And like a trunk it nuzzled us, caught us up, swept us to the crest.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • He nuzzled my throat and licked up the tears as they slid past my chin.

  • Bubbles and Soapy, who had been paddock mates, nuzzled noses.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
British Dictionary definitions for nuzzled


to push or rub gently against the nose or snout
(intransitive) to nestle; lie close
(transitive) to dig out with the snout
Word Origin
C15: nosele, from nose (n)
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Word Origin and History for nuzzled



early 15c., "to bring the nose to the ground," back-formation from noselyng "on the nose, prostrate," frequentative of nose (v.); meaning "burrow with the nose" is first attested 1520s; that of "lie snug" is from 1590s, influenced by nestle, or by nursle, frequentative of nurse. Related: Nuzzled; nuzzling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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