verb (used with object), nosed, nos·ing.
verb (used without object), nosed, nos·ing.
- to defeat, especially by a narrow margin: The other candidates had been nosed out in the final returns.
- to learn or discover, especially by snooping or prying: to nose out a secret.
- to go forward in a straight course.
- to guide oneself by instinct: I found the house by following my nose.
- precisely, correctly, or perfectly.
- exactly on time: We made it at ten o'clock on the nose.
- (of a bet) for win only.
- Australian Informal.decayed or putrid; stinking.
- Australian Informal.distasteful or unpleasant; of doubtful validity or propriety.
- to annoy or irritate greatly.
- to supersede a person in another's regard, devotion, etc.
- to thwart someone; spoil someone's plans.
Origin of nose
Related Words for nosesnout, beak, pry, sniff, snoop, muzzle, snoot, proboscis, bill, nares, nostrils, adenoids, schnoz, snuffer, horn, sniffer, scent, inspect, examine, mouse
Examples from the Web for nose
Contemporary Examples of nose
I will turn my nose up when you offer me the rest of some delicious pastry that you nibbled on.Why My Norovirus Panic Makes Me Sick
January 5, 2015
They should have pointed the nose of the Airbus down and applied more power.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
A spandex mask stretched over his face, covering his eyes and nose.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
Also, your nose is in front of your face and the sun will come up tomorrow.The Gun Battle Since Newtown
December 14, 2014
With a nose for bogus facts, Johnson sets out to break the Internet by breaking news.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of nose
I'm sure that when I wrote these lines, fortune had for a moment tweaked me by the nose.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
She merely turned her head and rubbed his knee with her nose.Way of the Lawless
The teacher sunk into a chair, and put his spectacles on his nose.Rico and Wiseli
You're right, though,' says he, and with that he tries to put a twister on Diablo's nose.
You ought to know; you had to pay through the nose for shuttin' his mouth.
- (in horse-race betting) to win onlyI bet twenty pounds on the nose on that horse
- mainly US and Canadianprecisely; exactly
- Australianbad or bad-smelling
- to be short-sighted; suffer from myopia
- to lack insight or foresight
- directly in front of one
- without one noticing
Word Origin for nose
Old English nosu, from Proto-Germanic *nusus (cf. Old Norse nös, Old Frisian nose, Dutch neus, Old High German nasa, German Nase), from PIE *nas- "nose" (cf. Sanskrit nasa, Old Persian naham, Old Church Slavonic nasu, Lithuanian nosis, Latin nasus "nose"). Used of any prominent or projecting part from 1530s. (nose cone in the space rocket sense is from 1949). Used to indicate "something obvious" from 1590s. Meaning "odor, scent" is from 1894.
Kiv, It could bee no other then his owne manne, that had thrust his nose so farre out of ioynte. ["Barnabe Riche His Farewell to Military Profession," 1581]
Pay through the nose (1670s) seems to suggest "bleed." Many extended meanings are from the horse-racing sense of "length of a horse's nose," as a measure of distance between two finishers (1908). To turn up one's nose "show disdain" is from 1818 (earlier hold up one's nose, 1570s); similar notion in look down one's nose (1921). To say something is under (one's) nose "in plain view" is from 1540s.
"perceive the smell of," 1570s; "pry, search," 1640s, from nose (n.). Related: Nosed; nosing.
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
- 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