verb (used without object), nuz·zled, nuz·zling.

  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), nuz·zled, nuz·zling.

  1. to root up with the nose, snout, etc.: training pigs to nuzzle truffles from the ground.
  2. to touch or rub with the nose, snout, muzzle, etc.
  3. to thrust the nose, muzzle, snout, etc., against or into: The horse was nuzzling my pocket for sugar.
  4. to thrust (the nose or head), as into something.
  5. to lie very close to; cuddle or snuggle up to.


  1. an affectionate embrace or cuddle.


  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

early 15c., “to bring the nose to the ground,” back-formation from noselyng “on the nose, prostrate,” frequentative of nose (v.); meaning “burrow with the nose” is first attested 1520s; that of “lie snug” is from 1590s, influenced by nestle, or by nursle, frequentative of nurse. Related: Nuzzled; nuzzling.

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