[nuhz-uh l]

verb (used without object), nuz·zled, nuz·zling.

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


an affectionate embrace or cuddle.

Origin of nuzzle

1375–1425; late Middle English noselen to grovel; origin uncertain
Related formsun·nuz·zled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for nuzzled

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

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Historical Examples of nuzzled

British Dictionary definitions for nuzzled



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 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.

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