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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v nuzzle dig out with the snout "the pig nuzzled the truffle"
    • v nuzzle rub noses
    • v nuzzle move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position "We cuddled against each other to keep warm","The children snuggled into their sleeping bags"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nuzzle To go with head poised like a swine, with nose down. "Sir Roger shook his ears, and nuzzled along."
    • Nuzzle To hide the head, as a child in the mother's bosom; to nestle.
    • Nuzzle To loiter; to idle.
    • Nuzzle To nestle; to house, as in a nest.
    • Nuzzle To noursle or nurse; to foster; to bring up. "The people had been nuzzled in idolatry."
    • Nuzzle To work with the nose, like a swine in the mud. "And nuzzling in his flank, the loving swine
      Sheathed, unaware, the tusk in his soft groin."
      "He charged through an army of lawyers, sometimes . . . nuzzling like an eel in the mud."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nuzzle To thrust the nose in or into; root up with the nose.
    • nuzzle To touch or rub with the nose; press or rub the nose against.
    • nuzzle To put a ring into the nose of (a hog).
    • nuzzle To fondle closely, as a child.
    • nuzzle To nurse; foster; rear.
    • nuzzle To nose; burrow with the nose; rub noses.
    • nuzzle To touch or feel something with the nose.
    • nuzzle To go with the nose toward the ground.
    • nuzzle To nestle.
    • nuzzle To loiter; idle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Nuzzle nuz′l to rub the nose against: to fondle closely, to cuddle: to nurse or rear
    • v.t Nuzzle to touch with the nose: to go with the nose toward the ground.—Also Nous′le
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. a corruption of nestle,. Cf. Nustle


In literature:

He was downily curled beside Mother, his cheek nuzzled beside her delicate old hand.
"The Innocents" by Sinclair Lewis
The mouth received it; the worker nuzzled with its mandibles for another finger.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
Instead she stepped over to him, pressed her nude body against his, and tenderly nuzzled his arm.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
He moved, the dog awoke, and Dickie felt its soft nose nuzzled into his hand.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
It was enough for her to sit on the swinging bail between the stalls, and revel in the gentle nuzzling of two velvety noses.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
The frightful head whipped back at the end of the long neck, to nuzzle at the seared spot.
"The Red Hell of Jupiter" by Paul Ernst
Through ten acutely unhappy minutes she had nuzzled her friend's hand, and gained never a hint of recognition or response.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
Infant bridegroom, uncrowned king, unanointed priest, Soldier, lover, explorer, I see you nuzzle the breast.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 14 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Thrala rubbed the round head while the insect nuzzled affectionately at her cheek.
"The People of the Crater" by Andrew North
Stiff fur nuzzled her skin.
"Master of the Moondog" by Stanley Mullen
His interest was elsewhere, and, resisting her hugging, he began to nuzzle her hands for sweets.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Apeman was still moaning, though less fitfully, like a child that nuzzles the milk bottle, but is drifting away into sleep.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
He felt more of the terrifying nuzzling of the snout.
"Seed of the Arctic Ice" by H. G. Winter
The paper dropped into the ditch and lay still, and the pony began to nuzzle Janice's hand.
"Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
Before dawn, a cold nose nuzzling his face buried in his robe, waked Marcel.
"The Whelps of the Wolf" by George Marsh
He nuzzled down into his sheep's-jacket.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
She evidently didn't consider being nuzzled a friendly act.
"The Moralist" by Jack Taylor
And when a hand touched his withers, the stallion merely turned his head and nuzzled the shoulder of Connor inquisitively.
"The Garden of Eden" by Max Brand
His dogs trotted around him, nuzzling him and licking his hands.
"Who Goes There!" by Robert W. Chambers
When this great rock is hot with midday glare, I will force him out here, my gun nuzzling his back.
"The Wolf Cub" by Patrick Casey

In poetry:

And it nuzzled its mother,
Its head to her knee,
And blue were its eyes
Like the pools of the sea!
"Asses" by Padraic Colum
I found her at smoky twilight
By the well of the pale primrose,
Where grey elves hung on her haunches
And nuzzled her grazing nose.
"Cushy Cow" by Laura Benet
As 'tis the nature of the swinish kind,
To tear the turf, and nuzzle in the mire:
So man by nature is to earth inclin'd,
And does not to celestial bliss aspire.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
The dew no more will weep
The primrose's pale cheek to deck;
The dew no more will sleep,
Nuzzled in the lily's neck;
Much rather would it be thy tear,
And leave them both to tremble here.
"Saint Mar Magdelene; or, The Weeper" by Richard Crashaw

In news:

IN a dressing room deep in the men's department of Macy's in Paramus, N.J. A lone linty french fry nuzzled a balled-up Kleenex.
This gentle lady does not like to short people on her affectionate nature, and will make herself right at home in your lap and nuzzle your hand to persuade you to stroke her soft fur.
Grand Glory, right, nuzzled her two-hour-old filly March 13 in their stall at Adena Springs Farm near Paris.
Just look at the mama giraffe nuzzling a baby giraffe, that lovely idea for an indoor planter made of mason jars and those perfectly cooked bacon strips cooling on a plate.
As Pitt nuzzled her cheek, Jolie -- clad in a sparkling Armani mini -- looked pin-thin next to her beau of six years (watch above).
Taiwanese serow Le Yangyang nuzzles her second kid, Meimei, on Thursday last week at the Liugongdao National Forest Park in China's Shandong Province.
Gabanna, left, is nuzzled by housemate Miller, both pitbull puppies owned by Lacie McDaniel of York City.
Gabanna, left, is nuzzled by housemate Miller, both pitbull puppies owned by Lacie McDaniel of York City .
In one shot, AP.9 nuzzles Coco 's neck as they pose sitting on a chair together.
The first rock nuzzled by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover is turning out to be a bit more unusual than scientists thought it would be.
The two were seen having an affectionate lunch at a West Hollywood café, holding hands and "nuzzling," a source tells the magazine.
Watch the Safety Hoovie about hot objects with Nuzzle and Scratch and find out about the three hazards.
Say what you will, but I don't want people licking or nuzzling me when I'm feeling sad.
Researchers found that dogs will spot crying people and approach, nuzzle and lick them-- even if the person is a complete stranger.
Jennifer Rios/Standard-Times Ian Cobb, 14, watches as his goat Torche nuzzles his sister Lindsey Cobb's goat Farquaad.