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Synonyms of nose in English:


  • 1
    informalbeak, conk, snoot, schnozzle, hooter, sniffer, snitch
    Scottish & Northern English informalneb
    informal, , datedbracket
    North American informal, , datedbugle
  • 2 he has a very good nose
    sense of smell, olfactory sense
  • 3 he had a nose for scandal
    instinct, feeling, gift for discovering/detecting, sixth sense, intuition, insight, perception
  • 4 a thin wine with an agreeably fruity nose
  • 5 the plane's nose dipped as it started descending
    tip, nose cone;
    bow, prow, front end;
    British bonnet;
    North American hood
  • Phrases

    by a nose

    all the appliances tested do the job well, but our best buy wins by a nose
    [Antonyms] by miles
    just, only just, barely, narrowly, by a narrow margin, by the narrowest of margins, by a very small margin, by a hair's breadth, by the skin of one's teeth
    informalby a whisker

    get up someone's nose

    it really got up my nose, and it occured to me to wonder why it was so annoying
    informalpeeve, needle, make someone see red, get someone's back up, get someone's goat, get under someone's skin, bug, get someone, miff, hack off
    British informalwind up, get at, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
    North American informaltick off
    vulgar slangpiss off

    on the nose

    North American the van pulled up at ten on the nose
    promptly, prompt, dead (on), on the stroke of …, on the dot of …
    informalbang (on), spot on …
    North American informalon the button


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  • 1 the dog nosed the carcass briefly
    nuzzle, nudge, push, prod
  • 2 she's always nosing into your business
    pry, enquire impertinently, be inquisitive, enquire;
    be curious, poke about/around, mind someone else's business, be a busybody, stick/poke one's nose in;
    informalbe nosy (about), nosy, snoop
    Australian/New Zealand informalstickybeak
  • 3 the submarine nosed around the island's waters he nosed the car out into the traffic
    move slowly, ease, inch, edge, move, manoeuvre, steer, slip, squeeze, slide;
    guide, push, tuck
  • Phrases

    nose around/about/round

    the others were no doubt nosing around the wreck
    investigate, explore, ferret (about/around) in, rummage in, search, delve into, peer into, prowl around, have a good look at
    informalsnoop about/around/round

    nose something out

    he has a rare gift of nosing out little-recorded composers

    Word links

    nasal, rhinal relating to the nose
    naso- related prefix, as in nasogastric
    rhin(o)- related prefix, as in rhinoceros
    rhinitis inflammation in the nose
    rhinoplasty surgical repair of the nose
    otorhinolaryngology branch of medicine concerning the ears, nose, and throat

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