Definition of nuzzle in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Rub or push against gently with the nose and mouth.

    ‘he nuzzled her hair’
    no object ‘the foal nuzzled at its mother’
    • ‘He bent down and gently nuzzled my neck, making me jump back a bit in surprise.’
    • ‘She trotted over to Wulf and nuzzled her nose against his free hand.’
    • ‘As Nikolas shifted their bodies and his mouth nuzzled her neck, she didn't want anything negative to intrude on the moment.’
    • ‘The tiny head turned and the mouth nuzzled her nipple.’
    • ‘Chris said nuzzling his nose against Star's neck.’
    • ‘He gently nuzzled her neck and slightly tightened his grip on her waist waiting for her reaction.’
    • ‘He leaned down and nuzzled his nose under John's ear, whispering as he continued.’
    • ‘Veil nodded understandingly and nuzzled her neck gently like his mother used to do to comfort him.’
    • ‘He gently nuzzled her neck, causing her to let out a small giggle.’
    • ‘She grinned as the horse gently nuzzled her hand.’
    • ‘His nose nuzzled her neck and he breathed deeply, savoring her scent.’
    • ‘She was leaning into his side, nose nuzzling his cocktail jacket.’
    • ‘He nuzzled his nose against the crook of my neck before abruptly letting me go.’
    • ‘She kissed his earlobe and nuzzled her nose against his cool cheek.’
    • ‘Firstly, I watched queen wasps and bees gently nuzzling bricks and mortar in the sunshine, looking for the weakness that provides a new home.’
    • ‘She said while nuzzling her nose into his chest.’
    • ‘The mare nuzzled her arm gently as she took the reins and she found herself beginning to sob.’
    • ‘He whispered softly as he nuzzled his nose against hers.’
    • ‘Raine nuzzled his hand gently to bring him back to his senses.’
    • ‘The lady hugged the white cat closer to her body and gently nuzzled her cheek against its soft fur.’
    nudge, nose, prod, push
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    1. 1.1nuzzle up to/againstno object Lean or snuggle against.
      ‘the dog nuzzled up against me’
      • ‘He snorted softly, nuzzling at my hands for more.’
      • ‘She gave his arm a squeeze and nuzzled up against him, yawning as she did so.’
      • ‘I leant into the embrace, nuzzling into the comforting warmth of my only friend.’
      • ‘They both giggle at their little inside joke and continue nuzzling.’
      • ‘Then every now and then she sleeps on me or she cuddles me and purrs and nuzzles and she's totally adorable.’
      • ‘The tiny buzz of a purr was coming from its throat as it nuzzled up against me.’
      • ‘He is such a baby, purring and nuzzling and he just has to sleep curled up next to some one.’
      • ‘Iris gently nuzzled up against him, laying her head on his shoulder and wrapping her arms around his.’
      • ‘They were nuzzling and snuggling on the marital bed, half naked.’
      • ‘Unable to come up with a similarly eloquent response, I simply hold her tight, losing myself in our embrace, nuzzling against her.’
      • ‘Marissa, as usual, had woken me up this morning with a gentle nuzzle at my neck, and after a brief cuddle had gotten up, dressed and gone out to hunt for breakfast.’
      • ‘Confused, I turned around, scanning the lunchroom for Justin and there he was, still grinning like a god, a new, different girl on his arm, nuzzling into his cheek affectionately.’
      • ‘I roll over and he nuzzles against me like a dog.’
      • ‘His habit was to tug her into his embrace, nuzzle into her neck and stroke his hands across her stomach.’
      • ‘The dog went over to him and nuzzled against the man's leg.’
      • ‘I was more than half asleep when I gave a small stretch and nuzzled deeper into Will's embrace.’
      • ‘‘That makes perfect sense,’ Alora replied, nuzzling up to Paul's neck.’
      • ‘Venus, the kitten, joined in on the assault, and I had two kitties that were alternating pacing, nuzzling, purring or meowing to get my attention.’
      • ‘Both of the world's fattest cats came over for a nuzzle.’
      • ‘It's a Sunday night, and homebound tramps are everywhere, in the train-station bar, sleeping on benches, strumming guitars, or nuzzling with sweethearts.’
      snuggle, cuddle, cuddle up, nestle, curl up, settle down, snug down, burrow, embrace, hug, lie close to
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘grovel’): frequentative from nose, reinforced by Dutch neuzelen ‘poke with the nose’.