From Middle English nose, from Old English nosu, from Proto-Germanic *nusō (compare Saterland Frisian Noose, West Frisian noas, Dutch neus, Swedish nos, Norwegian nos (“snout”), variant of *nasō (compare German Low German Nees, Nes, Näs, German Nase, Swedish näsa, Norwegian nese (“nose”)), old dual from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂s- ~ *nh₂es- ‘nose, nostril’ (compare Latin nāris (“nostril”), nāsus (“nose”), Lithuanian nósis, Russian нос (nos), Sanskrit नासा (nā́sā, “nostrils”)).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /nəʊz/
- (General American) 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.
- 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
- 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.
- We are not offended with a dog for a better nose than his master.
- 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.
- 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
- look down one's nose
- nose candy
- nose cap
- nose cone
- nose count
- nose flute
- nose job
- nose out of joint
- nose pad
- nose poke
- nose ring
- nose test
- nose to tail
- nose to the grindstone
- no skin off one's nose
- 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
- (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.
- (transitive) To push with one's nose; to nuzzle.
- lambs […] nosing the mother's udder
- (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
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowley to this entry?)
- (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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nose (plural noses)
- English: noose