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

v rub noses

Type of:
caress, fondle
touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner

v dig out with the snout

“the pig nuzzled the truffle”
Type of:
dig up, excavate, turn up
find by digging in the ground

v move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position

cuddle, draw close, nest, nestle, snuggle
nestle, snuggle
position comfortably
draw close
pull towards oneself
Type of:
cling to, clutch, hold close, hold tight
hold firmly, usually with one's hands

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