nosegay

[nohz-gey]

noun

a small bunch of flowers; bouquet; posy.

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  7. nosewheel,
  8. nosewing,
  9. nosey,
  10. nosh

Origin of nosegay

1375–1425; late Middle English: literally, a gay (obsolete, something pretty; see gay) for the nose (i.e., to smell)

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British Dictionary definitions for nosegay

nosegay

noun

a small bunch of flowers; posy

Word Origin for nosegay

C15: from nose + archaic gay a toy

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Word Origin and History for nosegay

nosegay

n.

"bunch of flowers," early 15c., from nose (n.) + gay in an obsolete noun sense of "gay or bright thing."

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