- Nose is the part of the face used for breathing and smelling, or the ability to detect something.
- An example of the nose is how people smell freshly baked bread.
- An example of a nose is the ability to sniff out the best steaks.
- Nose is defined as to find by the sense of smell.
An example of to nose is for a dog to find drugs by smelling the area.
A womans nose, or beezer.
- the part of the human face between the mouth and the eyes, having two openings and cavities behind them for breathing and smelling
- the part that corresponds to this in animals; snout, muzzle, etc.
- the sense of smell
- the overall smell of a wine; bouquet
- the power of tracking or perceiving by or as if by scent: a nose for news
- anything resembling a nose in shape or position; projecting or foremost part, as a nozzle, spout, prow of a ship, front of an airplane, etc.
- the nose regarded as a symbol of prying or meddling: to poke one's nose into another's affairs
- Slang a police spy or informer
Origin of noseMiddle English ; from Old English nosu, akin to German nase, origin, originally a dual, meaning “the two nostrils” ; from Indo-European base an unverified form nas-, nostril from source Sanskrit nāsā, the nose, literally , pair of nostrils, Classical Latin nasus, nose and amp; naris (pl. nares), nostril
transitive verbnosed, nosing
- to discover or perceive by or as if by the sense of smell
- to touch or rub with the nose
- to push with the nose: with aside, open, etc.
- to make or push (a way, etc.) cautiously or slowly with the front forward: the ship nosed its way into the harbor
- to smell; sniff
- to pry inquisitively
- to move cautiously or slowly with the front end forward
by a nose☆
- by the length of the animal's nose in horse racing, etc.
- by a very small margin
cut off one's nose to spite one's face
follow one's nose
have one's nose out of joint
lead by the nose
look down one's nose at
- to defeat by a very small margin
- to discover, as by smelling
on the noseSlang
- that (a specified horse, etc.) will finish first in a race
- precisely; exactly
pay through the nose
put someone's nose out of joint
rub someone's nose in
Origin of nosefrom the practice, in housebreaking a pet, of rubbing its nose in its urine or fecesInformal to keep reminding someone of something unpleasant, as a mistake made
turn up one's nose at
under one's (very) nose
- The part of the human face or the forward part of the head of other vertebrates that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and forms the beginning of the respiratory tract.
- The sense of smell: a dog with a good nose.
- The ability to detect, sense, or discover as if by smell: has a nose for gossip.
- The characteristic smell of a wine or liqueur; bouquet.
- Informal The nose considered as a symbol of prying: Keep your nose out of my business.
- Something, such as the forward end of an aircraft, rocket, or submarine, that resembles a nose in shape or position.
- A very short distance or narrow margin: won the race by a nose.
verbnosed nosed, nos·ing, nos·es
- To find out by or as if by smell: nosed out the thieves' hiding place.
- To touch with the nose; nuzzle.
- To move, push, or make with or as if with the nose.
- To advance the forward part of cautiously: nosed the car into the flow of traffic.
- To smell or sniff.
- Informal To search or inquire meddlesomely; snoop or pry: nosing around looking for opportunities.
- To advance with caution: The ship nosed into its berth.
Origin of noseMiddle English, from Old English nosu; see nas- in Indo-European roots.
- A protuberance on the face housing the nostrils, which are used to breathe or smell.
- She has a cold in the nose.
- A snout, the nose of an animal.
- The tip of an object.
- the nose of a tea-kettle, a bellows, or a fighter plane
- (horse racing) The length of a horse’s nose, used to indicate the distance between horses at the finish of a race, or any very close race.
- Red Rum only won by a nose.
- The power of smelling.
- Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
- The skill in recognising bouquet.
- It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.
- (by extension) Skill at finding information.
- A successful reporter has a nose for news.
(third-person singular simple present noses, present participle nosing, simple past and past participle nosed)
- (intransitive) To move cautiously.
- The ship nosed through the minefield.
- (intransitive) To snoop.
- She was nosing around other people’s business.
- To detect by smell or as if by smell.
- To push with one's nose.
- To nuzzle.
- To win by a narrow margin.
- To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang.
- to nose a prayer
From Middle English nose, from Old English nosu, from Proto-Germanic *nusō (compare West Frisian noas, Dutch neus, Norwegian nos ‘snout’), variant of *nasō (compare German Low German Nees, Nes, Näs, German Nase, Norwegian nese ‘nose’), old dual from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂s- ~ *nh₂es- ‘nose, nostril’ (compare Latin nāris ‘nostril’, nāsus ‘nose’, Lithuanian nósis, Russian нос (nos), Sanskrit नासा (nā́sā) ‘nostrils’).