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nuzzle

[ nuhz-uhl ]
/ 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.
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Origin of nuzzle

1375–1425; late Middle English noselen to grovel; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM nuzzle

un·nuz·zled, adjective
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How to use nuzzle in a sentence

  • Apeman was still moaning, though less fitfully, like a child that nuzzles the milk bottle, but is drifting away into sleep.

  • Saxon gobbles us with kisses, and nuzzles his nose, and we put our arms round his tawny neck.

    Last Words|Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • The water-birds have their home in the half-submerged arcades and the crocodile nuzzles the shafts of the pillars.

    From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling

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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