[ nuhz-uhl ]
/ ˈnʌz əl /
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verb (used without object), nuz·zled, nuz·zling.
to burrow or root with the nose, snout, etc., as an animal does: a rabbit nuzzling into the snow.
to thrust the nose, muzzle, etc.: The dog nuzzled up to his master.
to lie very close to someone or something; cuddle or snuggle up.
verb (used with object), nuz·zled, nuz·zling.
to root up with the nose, snout, etc.: training pigs to nuzzle truffles from the ground.
to touch or rub with the nose, snout, muzzle, etc.
to thrust the nose, muzzle, snout, etc., against or into: The horse was nuzzling my pocket for sugar.
to thrust (the nose or head), as into something.
to lie very close to; cuddle or snuggle up to.
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 nuzzleun·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.Astounding Stories, June, 1931|Various
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
/ (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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