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To Núzzle. v.a. [This word, in its original signification, seems corrupted from nursle; but when its original meaning was forgotten, writers supposed it to come from nozzle or nose, and in that sense used it.]

  1. To nurse; to foster.

    Old men long nuzzled in corruption, scorning them that would seek reformation. Sidney.

  2. To go with the nose down like a hog.

    He charged through an army of lawyers, sometimes with sword in hand, at other times nuzzling like an eel in the mud. Arbuthnot's John Bull.

    Sir Roger shook his ears, and nuzzled along, well satisfied that he was doing a charitable work. Arb. J. Bull.

    The blessed benefit, not there confin'd,
    Drops to the third, who nuzzles close behind.
    Pope.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Sidney, Philip (140)

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