Synonyms of nose in English:



  • 1
    snout, muzzle, proboscis, trunk
    informal beak, conk, snoot, schnozzle, hooter, sniffer, snitch
    Scottish & Northern English informal neb
    informal , dated bracket
    North American informal , dated bugle
  • 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; Britishbonnet; North Americanhood
    informal droop-snoot
  • Phrases

    by a nose

    all the appliances tested do the job well, but our best buy wins by a nose
    [Antonyms] by miles
    justonly justbarelynarrowlyby a narrow marginby the narrowest of marginsby a very small marginby a hair's breadthby 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 annoyingannoyaggravateirritateexasperateangerirkvexput outnettleprovokeincenserileinfuriateantagonizemake someone's blood boilruffle someone's feathersruffletry someone's patiencemake someone's hackles riseoffendpiquerankle informalpeeveneedlemake someone see redget someone's back upget someone's goatget under someone's skinbugget someonemiffhack offBritish informalwind upget atnarkget acrossget on someone's wickNorth American informaltick off vulgar slangpiss off

    on the nose

    North American the van pulled up at ten on the noseexactlypreciselysharpon the dotpromptlypromptdead (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; interfere (in), meddle (in), intrude (on)
    informal be nosy (about), nosy, snoop
    Australian/New Zealand informal stickybeak
  • 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 wreckinvestigateexploreferret (about/around) inrummage insearchdelve intopeer intoprowl aroundhave a good look at informalsnoop about/around/round

    nose something out

    he has a rare gift of nosing out little-recorded composersdetectfindsearch outdiscoverdisclosebring to lighttrack downdig uphunt outferret outroot outuncoverunearthdisintersmell outsniff outfollow the scent ofscent outrun to earth/ground

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    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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