nuzzle

To nuzzle is to affectionately rub your nose and face against someone (or something). It's hard to get out of bed in the morning when your cat lies down on your chest and nuzzles you.

A mother might nuzzle her new baby's head, and a horse will nuzzle a person's hand — hoping for an apple or sugar cube. In the fifteenth century, this word instead meant "to bring the nose to the ground," from the verb nose, "pry or smell with the nose." The current meaning was influenced by words like nestle and the now-obsolete "nursle," meaning "to nurse."

Definitions of nuzzle
  1. verb
    rub noses
    synonyms: nose
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    type of:
    caress, fondle
    touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
  2. verb
    dig out with the snout
    “the pig nuzzled the truffle”
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    type of:
    dig up, excavate, turn up
    find by digging in the ground
  3. verb
    move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
    synonyms: cuddle, draw close, nest, nestle, snuggle
    nestle, snuggle
    position comfortably
    draw close
    pull towards oneself
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    type of:
    cling to, clutch, hold close, hold tight
    hold firmly, usually with one's hands
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