nuzzle

[nuhz-uhl]
verb (used without object), nuzzled, nuzzling.
1.
to burrow or root with the nose, snout, etc., as an animal does: a rabbit nuzzling into the snow.
2.
to thrust the nose, muzzle, etc.: The dog nuzzled up to his master.
3.
to lie very close to someone or something; cuddle or snuggle up.
verb (used with object), nuzzled, nuzzling.
4.
to root up with the nose, snout, etc.: training pigs to nuzzle truffles from the ground.
5.
to touch or rub with the nose, snout, muzzle, etc.
6.
to thrust the nose, muzzle, snout, etc., against or into: The horse was nuzzling my pocket for sugar.
7.
to thrust (the nose or head), as into something.
8.
to lie very close to; cuddle or snuggle up to.
noun
9.
an affectionate embrace or cuddle.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English noselen to grovel; origin uncertain

unnuzzled, adjective
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nuzzle (ˈnʌzəl)
 
vb
1.  to push or rub gently against the nose or snout
2.  (intr) to nestle; lie close
3.  (tr) to dig out with the snout
 
[C15: nosele, from nose (n)]

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Word Origin & History

nuzzle
c.1425, noselyng "on the nose, prostrate," freq. of nose (v.); meaning "burrow with the nose" is first attested 1530; that of "lie snug" is from 1597, influenced by nestle, or by nursle, freq. of nurse.
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Example sentences
Another always thrashes its trotters to get away when it is picked up, whereas the others nuzzle into a human embrace.
We nuzzle up to land and jump onto the remnants of a sea wall.
The cubs nuzzle her, trying to waken her, then settle down beside her.
The hippos seemed content to nuzzle alongside one another.
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