Definitions for nuzzleˈnʌz əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nuz•zleˈnʌz əl(v.; n.)-zled, -zling

  1. (v.i.)to burrow or root with the nose, snout, etc., as an animal does.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  2. to thrust the nose, muzzle, etc.:

    The dog nuzzled up to its master.

  3. to lie very close; cuddle or snuggle up.

  4. (v.t.)to root up with the nose or snout.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  5. to touch or rub with the nose, muzzle, etc.

  6. to thrust the nose, muzzle, snout, etc., against or into.

  7. to thrust (the nose or head), as into something.

  8. to lie very close to; cuddle or snuggle up to.

  9. (n.)an affectionate embrace.

Origin of nuzzle:

1375–1425; late ME noselen to grovel

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cuddle, snuggle, nestle, nest, nuzzle, draw close(verb)

    move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position

    "We cuddled against each other to keep warm"; "The children snuggled into their sleeping bags"

  2. nuzzle, nose(verb)

    rub noses

  3. nuzzle(verb)

    dig out with the snout

    "the pig nuzzled the truffle"


  1. nuzzle(Verb)

    To touch someone or something with the nose.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nuzzle(verb)

    to noursle or nurse; to foster; to bring up

  2. Nuzzle(verb)

    to nestle; to house, as in a nest

  3. Nuzzle(verb)

    to work with the nose, like a swine in the mud

  4. Nuzzle(verb)

    to go with head poised like a swine, with nose down

  5. Nuzzle(verb)

    to hide the head, as a child in the mother's bosom; to nestle

  6. Nuzzle(verb)

    to loiter; to idle

Translations for nuzzle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to press, rub or caress with the nose

The horse nuzzled (against) her cheek.

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