Synonyms of nose in English:

nose


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noun

1

SYNONYMS

snout, muzzle, proboscis, trunk

informal beak, conk, snoot, schnozzle, hooter, sniffer, snitch

Northern English Scottish informal neb

informal, dated bracket

North American informal, dated bugle

2‘he has a very good nose’

SYNONYMS

sense of smell, olfactory sense

3‘he had a nose for scandal’

SYNONYMS

instinct, feeling, gift for detecting, gift for discovering, sixth sense, intuition, insight, perception

4‘a thin wine with an agreeably fruity nose’

SYNONYMS

smell, bouquet, aroma, fragrance, perfume, scent, odour

5‘the plane's nose dipped as it started descending’

SYNONYMS

tip, nose cone

bow, prow, front end

British bonnet

North American hood

informal droop-snoot


verb

1‘the dog nosed the carcass briefly’

SYNONYMS

nuzzle, nudge, push, prod

2‘she's always nosing into your business’

SYNONYMS

pry, enquire impertinently, be inquisitive, enquire

be curious, poke about, poke around, mind someone else's business, be a busybody, poke one's nose in, stick one's nose in

interfere, interfere in, meddle, meddle in, intrude, intrude on

informal be nosy, be nosy about, nosy, snoop

NZ Australian informal stickybeak

3‘the submarine nosed around the island's waters’

SYNONYMS

move slowly, ease, inch, edge, move, manoeuvre, steer, slip, squeeze, slide

guide, push, tuck


Phrases

    by a nose

      ‘all the appliances tested do the job well, but our best buy wins by a nose’

      SYNONYMS

      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

      ANTONYMS

      by miles

    get up someone's nose

      ‘it really got up my nose, and it occured to me to wonder why it was so annoying’

      SYNONYMS

      annoy, aggravate, irritate, exasperate, anger, irk, vex, put out, nettle, provoke, incense, rile, infuriate, antagonize, make someone's blood boil, ruffle someone's feathers, ruffle, try someone's patience, make someone's hackles rise

      offend, pique

      rankle

      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

      wind up, get at, nark, get across, get on someone's wick

      North American

      tick off

      vulgar slang

      piss off

    on the nose

      ‘the van pulled up at ten on the nose’

      SYNONYMS

      exactly, precisely, sharp, on the dot

      promptly, prompt, dead, dead on, on the stroke of …, on the dot of …

      informal

      bang, bang on, spot on …

      informal

      on the button

    nose around/about/round

      ‘the others were no doubt nosing around the wreck’

      SYNONYMS

      investigate, explore, ferret in, ferret about in, ferret around in, rummage in, search, delve into, peer into, prowl around, have a good look at

      informal

      snoop about, snoop around, snoop round

    nose something out

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

      SYNONYMS

      detect, find, search out, discover, disclose, bring to light, track down, dig up, hunt out, ferret out, root out, uncover, unearth, disinter, smell out, sniff out, follow the scent of, scent out, run to earth, run to ground