transitive verb-·zled, -·zling
- to push against or rub with the nose, snout, muzzle, etc.
- to root up with the nose or snout: said of a pig, etc.
Origin of nuzzleMiddle English noselen from nose, nose + frequentative -elen
- to push or rub with the nose, etc. against or into something
- to lie close; nestle; snuggle
verbnuz·zled, nuz·zling, nuz·zles
- To rub or push against gently with or as if with the nose or snout: stroked and nuzzled the kitten.
- To root or move with the snout.
- To make rubbing or pressing motions with or as if with the nose or snout.
- To nestle together.
Origin of nuzzleMiddle English noselen to bend down perhaps back-formation from noselyng on the face, prostrate from nose nose ; see nose .
(third-person singular simple present nuzzles, present participle nuzzling, simple past and past participle nuzzled)
- (of animals, lovers, etc) To touch someone or something with the nose.
- The horse nuzzled its foal's head gently to wake him up.
- The bird nuzzled up to the wires of the cage.
- She nuzzled her boyfriend in the cinema.