Nearby words

  1. norwood,
  2. nos-,
  3. nos.,
  4. noscapine,
  5. nosce te ipsum,
  6. nose about,
  7. nose bag,
  8. nose candy,
  9. nose cone,
  10. nose dive


Origin of nose

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English nosu; akin to Dutch neus, German Nase, Latin nāsus, Sanskrit nāsā

Related formsnose·less, adjectivenose·like, adjectiveun·nosed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for count noses


/ (nəʊz) /



See also nose out

Derived Formsnoseless, adjectivenoselike, adjective

Word Origin for nose

Old English nosu; related to Old Frisian nose, Norwegian nosa to smell and nus smell

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Word Origin and History for count noses
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Medicine definitions for count noses


[ nōz ]


The part of the human face or the forward part of the head of other vertebrates that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and forms the beginning of the respiratory tract.

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Idioms and Phrases with count noses

count noses

Also, count heads. Reckon up the number of those present. For example, The theater seemed only half-full, so the producer decided to count noses, or Our tour leader was always careful to count heads before the bus started off. This idiom was originally put as tell noses. [Mid-1600s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with nose

  • nose about
  • nose in
  • nose in a book, have one's
  • nose in the air, have one's
  • nose into
  • nose out
  • nose out of joint, have one's
  • nose to the grindstone, keep one's

also see:

  • brown nose
  • can't see beyond the end of one's nose
  • count noses
  • cut off one's nose
  • follow one's nose
  • keep one's nose clean
  • lead by the nose
  • look down on (one's nose)
  • no skin off my nose
  • on the nose
  • pay through the nose
  • plain as day (the nose on your face)
  • poke one's nose into
  • rub someone's nose in it
  • thumb one's nose
  • turn up one's nose
  • under one's nose
  • win by a nose
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