- 1[intransitive, transitive] to move forward slowly and carefully + adv./prep. The plane nosed down through the thick clouds. He nosed the boat slowly across the water. nose your way + adv./prep. The taxi nosed its way back into the traffic.
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of an animal) to search for something or push something with its nose Dogs nosed around in piles of refuse. Word Origin Old English nosu, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch neus, and more remotely to German Nase, Latin nasus, and Sanskrit nāsā. Phrasal Verbsnose aboutnose somethingout
BrE BrE//nəʊz//; NAmE NAmE//noʊz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they nose
BrE BrE//nəʊz//; NAmE NAmE//noʊz//he / she / it noses
BrE BrE//ˈnəʊzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnoʊzɪz//past simple nosed
BrE BrE//nəʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//noʊzd//past participle nosed
BrE BrE//nəʊzd//; NAmE NAmE//noʊzd//-ing form nosing
BrE BrE//ˈnəʊzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈnoʊzɪŋ//