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Synonyms of nose in English:


  • 1
    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;
    British  bonnet;
    North American  hood
    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
    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
    informal by 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
    informal peeve, 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 informal wind up, get at, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
    North American informal tick off
    vulgar slang piss 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 …
    informal bang (on), spot on …
    North American informal on 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;
    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 wreck
    investigate, explore, ferret (about/around) in, rummage in, search, delve into, peer into, prowl around, have a good look at
    informal snoop 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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