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.
A dog with a good nose.
An example of to nose is for a dog to find drugs by smelling the area.
Has a nose for gossip.
A successful reporter has a nose for news.
Keep your nose out of my business.
Won the race by a nose.
Nosed out the thieves' hiding place.
Nosed the car into the flow of traffic.
Nosing around looking for opportunities.
The ship nosed into its berth.
A nose for news.
To poke one's nose into another's affairs.
The ship nosed its way into the harbor.
It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.
- With disapproval, contempt, or arrogance:Year-round residents here look down their noses at the summer people.
- Exactly; precisely:Predicted the final score on the nose.
- In plain view:The keys are right under your nose.
- by the length of the animal's nose in horse racing, etc.
- by a very small margin
- to count the number of people present, voting, etc.
- to injure one's own interests, as in a fit of anger or resentment
- to go straight forward
- to be irritated, annoyed, frustrated, etc.
- to dominate completely
- to be disdainful of
- to defeat by a very small margin
- to discover, as by smelling
- to turn over on its nose
- that (a specified horse, etc.) will finish first in a race
- precisely; exactly
- to pay an unreasonable price
- to irritate, annoy, frustrate, etc.
- to keep reminding someone of (something unpleasant, as a mistake he or she made)
- to sneer at; scorn
- in plain view
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of nose
- Middle English from Old English nosu nas- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English nose, from Old English nosu, from Proto-Germanic *nusÅ (compare West Frisian noas, Dutch neus, Norwegian nos "˜snout'), variant of *nasÅ (compare German Low German Nees, Nes, NÃ¤s, German Nase, Norwegian nese "˜nose'), old dual from Proto-Indo-European *nÃ©hâ‚‚s- ~ *nhâ‚‚es- "˜nose, nostril' (compare Latin nÄris "˜nostril', nÄsus "˜nose', Lithuanian nÃ³sis, Russian Ð½Ð¾Ñ (nos), Sanskrit à¤¨à¤¾à¤¸à¤¾ (nÄÌsÄ) "˜nostrils').