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nuzzle

[ nuhz-uh l ]
/ ˈnʌz əl /
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verb (used without object), nuz·zled, nuz·zling.

verb (used with object), nuz·zled, nuz·zling.

noun

an affectionate embrace or cuddle.

RELATED WORDS

caress, fondle, nudge, pet, bundle, nestle, burrow, snuggle, snug

Nearby words

nuuk, nux vomica, nuxalk, nuyorican, nuyts land, nuzzle, nuée ardente, nv, nvcjd, nvq, nw

Origin of nuzzle

1375–1425; late Middle English noselen to grovel; origin uncertain
Related formsun·nuz·zled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nuzzle

nuzzle

/ (ˈnʌzəl) /

verb

to push or rub gently against the nose or snout
(intr) to nestle; lie close
(tr) to dig out with the snout

Word Origin for nuzzle

C15: nosele, from nose (n)
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Word Origin and History for nuzzle

nuzzle


v.

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.

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