From Middle English nose, from Old English nosu, from Proto-West Germanic *nosu, variant of *nasō, old dual from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂s- ~ *nh₂es- (“nose, nostril”)
See also Saterland Frisian Noose, West Frisian noas, Dutch neus, Swedish nos, Norwegian nos (“snout”), German Low German Nees, Nes, Näs, German Nase, Swedish näsa, Norwegian nese (“nose”); also Latin nāris (“nostril”), nāsus (“nose”), Lithuanian nósis, Russian нос (nos), Sanskrit नासा (nā́sā, “nostrils”).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: nōz, IPA(key): /nəʊz/
- (General American) enPR: nōz, IPA(key): /noʊz/
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- Homophones: knows, noes
- Rhymes: -əʊz
nose (plural noses)
- A protuberance on the face housing the nostrils, which are used to breathe or smell.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, in The China Governess:
- The face which emerged was not reassuring. It was blunt and grey, the nose springing thick and flat from high on the frontal bone of the forehead, whilst his eyes were narrow slits of dark in a tight bandage of tissue. […] .
- She has a cold in the nose.
- A snout, the nose of an animal.
- The tip of an object.
- the nose of a tea-kettle, a bellows, or a fighter plane
- 1918 September–November, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Land That Time Forgot”, in The Blue Book Magazine, Chicago, Ill.: Story-press Corp., →OCLC; republished as chapter IV, in Hugo Gernsback, editor, Amazing Stories, volume 1, New York, N.Y.: Experimenter Publishing, 1927, →OCLC:
- We submerged very slowly and without headway more than sufficient to keep her nose in the right direction, and as we went down, I saw outlined ahead of us the black opening in the great cliff.
- 1932, Delos W. Lovelace, King Kong, published 1965, page 1:
- Her crew knew that deep in her heart beat engines fit and able to push her blunt old nose ahead at a sweet fourteen knots, come Hell or high water.
- The bulge on the side of a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, that fits into the hole of its adjacent piece.
- (horse racing) The length of a horse’s nose, used to indicate the distance between horses at the finish of a race, or any very close race.
- Red Rum only won by a nose.
- A perfumer.
- The power of smelling.
- c. 1700 Jeremy Collier, Of Envy
- We are not offended with […] a dog for a better nose than his master.
- c. 1700 Jeremy Collier, Of Envy
- Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
- The skill in recognising bouquet.
- It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.
- (by extension) Skill at finding information.
- A successful reporter has a nose for news.
- (architecture) A downward projection from a cornice.
- Synonym: drip
- (slang) An informer.
- Synonym: nark
- 1846, George William MacArthur Reynolds, The Mysteries of London (page 60)
- […] M was a Magsman, frequenting Pall-Mall; / N was a Nose that turned chirp on his pal; […]
- (the bulge on the side of a piece of a jigsaw puzzle): tab
- See also Thesaurus:nose
- aquiline nose
- banana nose
- bloody nose
- blow one's nose
- button nose
- cut off one's nose to spite one's face
- ear, nose and throat
- get up someone's nose
- in front of one's nose
- I've got your nose
- keep one's nose clean
- lead by the nose
- look down one's nose
- no skin off one's nose
- nose candy
- nose cap
- nose cone
- nose count
- nose flute
- nose job
- nose line
- nose out of joint
- nose pad
- nose peg
- nose poke
- nose ring
- nose test
- nose to tail
- nose to the grindstone
- on the nose
- parson's nose
- pay through the nose
- pick one's nose
- plain as the nose on one's face
- pope's nose
- powder one's nose
- pug nose
- Red Nose Day
- Roman nose
- runny nose
- see past the end of one's nose
- ski-jump nose
- snub nose / snub-nose
- socked on the nose
- stick one's nose into
- the nose knows
- thumb one's nose
- turn up one's nose
- under one's nose
- white nose syndrome
- Sranan Tongo: noso
nose (third-person singular simple present noses, present participle nosing, simple past and past participle nosed)
- (intransitive) To move cautiously by advancing its front end.
- The ship nosed through the minefield.
- (intransitive) To snoop.
- She was nosing around other people’s business.
- (transitive) To detect by smell or as if by smell.
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene iii], page 273:
- […] if you finde him not this moneth, you ſhall noſe him as you go vp the ſtaires into the Lobby.
- 1938, Norman Lindsay, Age of Consent, 1st Australian edition, Sydney, N.S.W.: Ure Smith, published 1962, →OCLC, page 18:
- Dogs hurried out to nose Edmund[.]
- (transitive) To push with one's nose; to nuzzle.
- 1868, Alfred Tennyson, “Lucretius”, in The Holy Grail and Other Poems, London: Strahan and Co., […], published 1870, →OCLC, page 211:
- [L]ambs are glad / Nosing the mother's udder, and the bird / Makes his heart voice among the blaze of flowers: […]
- (transitive) To defeat (as in a race or other contest) by a narrow margin; sometimes with out.
- (transitive) To utter in a nasal manner; to pronounce with a nasal twang.
- to nose a prayer
- c. 1635, William Cartwright, The Ordinary:
- It makes far better musick when you nose Sternold's, or Wisdom's meeter.
- (transitive) To furnish with a nose.
- to nose a stair tread
- (transitive) To confront; be closely face to face or opposite to.
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From Old English nosu, from Proto-West Germanic *nosu.
- nose (protrusion of the human face)
- a. 1394, Geoffrey Chaucer, “General Prologue”, in The Canterbury Tales, lines 151-152:
- Ful semyly hir wympul pynched was / Hir nose tretys, hir eyen greye as glas […]
- Her wimple was folded in quite a seemly way / Her nose [was] slender; her eyes [were] grey like glass […]
- beak, nose-shaped protrusion
- “nōse, n.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
Probably from Old French nous, nos, nominative singular of nou, no (“knot”).
nose (plural noses)
- English: noose
- “nōse, n.(2).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
From Proto-Bantu *njíkɪ̀.
- nosa (a- and split infinitives)
nose (present tense nosar, past tense nosa, past participle nosa, passive infinitive nosast, present participle nosande, imperative nose/nos)
- (transitive) to sniff, nose
- “nose” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
- inflection of nosu:
nose (Cyrillic spelling носе)