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
At bedtime he nuzzled her neck and bumped gently into her backside.
He nuzzled the horses lovingly and pushed them back into the stalls to gain entry.
Several musk ox, distant woolly lumps, slowly nuzzled through still-leafless willow and birch.
They hugged, kissed, and tenderly nuzzled each other.
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