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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To rub or push against gently with or as if with the nose or snout: stroked and nuzzled the kitten.
  • transitive v. To root or move with the snout.
  • intransitive v. To make rubbing or pressing motions with or as if with the nose or snout.
  • intransitive v. To nestle together.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To touch someone or something with the nose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To noursle or nurse; to foster; to bring up.
  • transitive v. To nestle; to house, as in a nest.
  • intransitive v. To work with the nose, like a swine in the mud.
  • intransitive v. To go with head poised like a swine, with nose down.
  • intransitive v. To hide the head, as a child in the mother's bosom; to nestle.
  • intransitive v. To loiter; to idle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To thrust the nose in or into; root up with the nose.
  • To touch or rub with the nose; press or rub the nose against.
  • To put a ring into the nose of (a hog).
  • To fondle closely, as a child.
  • To nurse; foster; rear.
  • To nose; burrow with the nose; rub noses.
  • To touch or feel something with the nose.
  • To go with the nose toward the ground.
  • To nestle.
  • To loiter; idle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. rub noses
  • v. dig out with the snout
  • v. move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position


Middle English noselen, to bend down, perhaps back-formation from noselyng, on the face, prostrate, from nose, nose; see nose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Early 15th century Middle English noselyng, as nose + -lyng ("(frequentive)") (modern English nose +‎ -le (“(frequentive)”)). Modern affectionate, intimate sense 1590s, possibly influenced by nestle or nursle (frequentive of nurse). (Wiktionary)



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