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pug nose

  1. a short, broad, somewhat turned-up nose.
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Origin of pug nose

First recorded in 1770–80
Related formspug-nosed [puhg-nohzd] /ˈpʌgˌnoʊzd/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pug-nose

Historical Examples

  • So saying, she carefully wiped the pug-nose, spotted with yellow.

    The Wandering Jew, Complete

    Eugene Sue

  • With red hair and a pug-nose, plebeian and dull-looking—such a baby!

    Love's Pilgrimage

    Upton Sinclair

  • Little Robert wore a red linsey-woolsey dress, and was a restless, active youngster with a big head, a round face and a pug-nose.

  • She was just a wholesome, helpful little maid with a pug-nose that was always freckled.

British Dictionary definitions for pug-nose

pug nose

  1. a short stubby upturned nose
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Derived Formspug-nosed, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from pug 1
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Word Origin and History for pug-nose


1778, from pug (n.) based on fancied similarity to the nose of either the monkey or the dog. Related: Pug-nosed.

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