[ nuhz-uh l ]
/ ˈnʌz əl /

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

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


an affectionate embrace or cuddle.

Nearby words

  1. nuuk,
  2. nux vomica,
  3. nuxalk,
  4. nuyorican,
  5. nuyts land,
  6. nuée ardente,
  7. nv,
  8. nvcjd,
  9. nvq,
  10. nw

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

Examples from the Web for nuzzles

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for nuzzles


/ (ˈnʌzəl) /


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 nuzzles



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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