Definition of nuzzle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnʌz(ə)l/


[with object]
1Rub or push against gently with the nose and mouth: he nuzzled her hair [no object]: the foal nuzzled at its mother
More example sentences
  • Veil nodded understandingly and nuzzled her neck gently like his mother used to do to comfort him.
  • She was leaning into his side, nose nuzzling his cocktail jacket.
  • Firstly, I watched queen wasps and bees gently nuzzling bricks and mortar in the sunshine, looking for the weakness that provides a new home.
nudge, nose, prod, push
1.1 [no object] Snuggle up to: she nuzzled up against me
More example sentences
  • She gave his arm a squeeze and nuzzled up against him, yawning as she did so.
  • The tiny buzz of a purr was coming from its throat as it nuzzled up against me.
  • They were nuzzling and snuggling on the marital bed, half naked.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'grovel'): frequentative from nose, reinforced by Dutch neuzelen 'poke with the nose'.

Words that rhyme with nuzzle

guzzle, muzzle, puzzle

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Line breaks: nuz¦zle

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