Definitions for nosenoʊz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nosenoʊz(n.; v.)nosed, nos•ing.

  1. (n.)the part of the face that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and that functions as a passageway for air in respiration.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. this part as the organ of smell.

    Category: Anatomy

  3. the sense of smell.

  4. the snout, muzzle, or proboscis of an animal.

  5. the forward end of something, as of an aircraft.

  6. a projecting part of something:

    the nose of a pair of pliers.

  7. anything regarded as resembling a nose, as a spout or nozzle.

  8. a faculty of perceiving or detecting:

    a nose for news.

  9. the human nose as a symbol of meddling or prying:

    Keep your nose out of my business!

  10. the length of a nose:

    to win by a nose.

    Category: Sport

  11. distinctive aroma, esp. of a wine.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  12. (v.t.)to perceive by or as if by the sense of smell.

  13. to approach the nose to, as in examining; sniff.

  14. to move or push forward with or as if with the nose:

    The boat nosed its way toward shore.

  15. to touch or rub with the nose; nuzzle.

  16. (v.i.)to smell or sniff.

  17. to seek as if by smelling or scent.

  18. to move or push forward.

  19. to meddle or pry:

    to nose about in other people's business.

  20. nose out, to defeat, esp. by a narrow margin. to learn or discover, esp. by snooping or prying.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

Idioms for nose:

  1. follow one's nose, to go forward in a straight course. to guide oneself by instinct.

    Category: Idiom

  2. keep one's nose clean,to behave properly; avoid trouble.

    Category: Idiom

  3. lead (around) by the nose,to exercise complete control over; dominate.

    Category: Idiom

  4. look down one's nose at,to regard with disdain or condescension.

    Category: Idiom

  5. on the nose, precisely; exactly : (of a bet) for win only.

    3 o'clock on the nose.

    Category: Informal, Idiom

  6. turn up one's nose at,to dismiss or reject disdainfully.

    Category: Idiom

  7. under someone's nose,plainly visible; in full view.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of nose:

bef. 900; OE nosu, c. OFris nose, MD nōse, nuese (D neus); akin to OE nasu, OHG nasa (G Nase), ON nasar , L nāsus, Skt nāsā

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nose, olfactory organ(noun)

    the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals

    "he has a cold in the nose"

  2. nose(noun)

    a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)

    "the nose of the rocket heated up on reentry"

  3. nose(noun)

    the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon

    "he ducked under the nose of the gun"

  4. nose(noun)

    a small distance

    "my horse lost the race by a nose"

  5. nose(noun)

    a symbol of inquisitiveness

    "keep your nose out of it"

  6. nose(noun)

    the sense of smell (especially in animals)

    "the hound has a good nose"

  7. nose(noun)

    a natural skill

    "he has a nose for good deals"

  8. nozzle, nose(verb)

    a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged

  9. intrude, horn in, pry, nose, poke(verb)

    search or inquire in a meddlesome way

    "This guy is always nosing around the office"

  10. nose(verb)

    advance the forward part of with caution

    "She nosed the car into the left lane"

  11. scent, nose, wind(verb)

    catch the scent of; get wind of

    "The dog nosed out the drugs"

  12. nose(verb)

    push or move with the nose

  13. nuzzle, nose(verb)

    rub noses

  14. nose(verb)

    defeat by a narrow margin

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nose(noun)ʊz

    the body part you smell with

    a long elegant nose

  2. noseʊz

    used to tell sb not to get involved in sb else's private matters

    Just keep your nose out of his business.

  3. noseʊz

    to behave in a way that shows you think sb or sth is inferior to you

    She looks down her nose at anyone who isn't rich.

  4. noseʊz

    exact or exactly

    His answer was right on the nose.; We paid $100 on the nose.

  5. noseʊz

    to get involved in sb else's private matters

    Don't stick your nose in - let them figure it out themselves.

  6. noseʊz

    to reject sth because you think it is not good enough for you

    He turned his nose up at the wine I had chosen.

  7. noseʊz

    where you should be able to notice but fail to

    They stole his cellphone from right under his nose.


  1. nose(Noun)

    The organ of the face used to breathe or smell.

    She has a cold in the nose.

  2. nose(Noun)

    A snout, the nose of an animal

  3. nose(Noun)

    The tip of an object (e.g. the nose of a fighter plane).

  4. nose(Noun)

    The length of a horseu2019s nose, used to indicate the distance between horses at the finish of a race, or any very close race.

    Red Rum only won by a nose.

  5. nose(Noun)

    Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.

  6. nose(Noun)

    The skill in recognising bouquet.

    It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.

  7. nose(Noun)

    Skill at finding information.

    A successful reporter has a nose for news.

  8. nose(Verb)

    To move cautiously.

    The ship nosed through the minefield.

  9. nose(Verb)

    To snoop.

    She was nosing around other peopleu2019s business.

  10. nose(Verb)

    To detect by smell or as if by smell.

  11. nose(Verb)

    To push with one's nose.

  12. nose(Verb)

    To nuzzle.

  13. nose(Verb)

    To win by a narrow margin.

  14. Origin: from nosu, from nusō (compare West Frisian noas, Dutch neus, Norwegian nos ‘snout’), variant of (cf. Low German Nees, German Nase, Norwegian nese ‘nose’), old dual from neh₂s- ~ ‘nose, nostril’ (compare Latin naris ‘nostril’, nasus ‘nose’, Lithuanian nosis, Sanskrit nā́sā ‘nostrils’).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nose(noun)

    the prominent part of the face or anterior extremity of the head containing the nostrils and olfactory cavities; the olfactory organ. See Nostril, and Olfactory organ under Olfactory

  2. Nose(noun)

    the power of smelling; hence, scent

  3. Nose(noun)

    a projecting end or beak at the front of an object; a snout; a nozzle; a spout; as, the nose of a bellows; the nose of a teakettle

  4. Nose(verb)

    to smell; to scent; hence, to track, or trace out

  5. Nose(verb)

    to touch with the nose; to push the nose into or against; hence, to interfere with; to treat insolently

  6. Nose(verb)

    to utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang; as, to nose a prayer

  7. Nose(verb)

    to smell; to sniff; to scent

  8. Nose(verb)

    to pry officiously into what does not concern one


  1. Nose

    Anatomically, a nose is a protuberance in vertebrates that houses the nostrils, or nares, which admit and expel air for respiration in conjunction with the mouth. Behind the nose are the olfactory mucosa and the sinuses. Behind the nasal cavity, air next passes through the pharynx, shared with the digestive system, and then into the rest of the respiratory system. In humans, the nose is located centrally on the face; on most other mammals, it is on the upper tip of the snout.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Nose

    A part of the upper respiratory tract. It contains the organ of SMELL. The term includes the external nose, the nasal cavity, and the PARANASAL SINUSES.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. NOSE

    A prominent member of the face family, usually a Greek or Roman, who owns the shortest bridge in the world. He is often stuck up in company, but frequently blows himself when he has his grippe. Principal occupations, sniffling, snivelling, sneezing, snorting and scenting, intruding in the neighbors' affairs, stuffing himself without permission and bleeding for others.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nose' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2492

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nose' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1816

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nose' in Nouns Frequency: #962

Anagrams of nose

  1. noes

  2. Enos

  3. eons

  4. ones, one's

  5. ENSO

  6. sone

  7. NEOs

  8. Ones

Translations for nose

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the part of the face by which people and animals smell and usually breathe

She held the flower to her nose; He punched the man on the nose.

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