nose

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See also: no sé, носе, and ноше

English[edit]

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Nose: the sensory organ

Etymology[edit]

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)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nose (plural noses)

  1. A protuberance on the face housing the nostrils, which are used to breathe or smell.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, in The China Governess[1]:
      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.
  2. A snout, the nose of an animal.
  3. The tip of an object.
    the nose of a tea-kettle, a bellows, or a fighter plane
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      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.
  4. The bulge on the side of a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, that fits into the hole of its adjacent piece.
  5. (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.
  6. A perfumer.
  7. The power of smelling.
    • (Can we date this quote by Collier and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      We are not offended with a dog for a better nose than his master.
  8. Bouquet, the smell of something, especially wine.
  9. The skill in recognising bouquet.
    It is essential that a winetaster develops a good nose.
  10. (by extension) Skill at finding information.
    A successful reporter has a nose for news.
  11. (architecture) A downward projection from a cornice.
    Synonym: drip
  12. (slang) An informer.

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Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Sranan Tongo: noso

Translations[edit]

See nose/translations § Noun.

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Verb[edit]

nose (third-person singular simple present noses, present participle nosing, simple past and past participle nosed)

  1. (intransitive) To move cautiously by advancing its front end.
    The ship nosed through the minefield.
  2. (intransitive) To snoop.
    She was nosing around other people’s business.
  3. (transitive) To detect by smell or as if by smell.
    • c. 1601, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 4, sc. 3,
      If you find him not within
      this month, you shall nose him as you go up the
      stairs into the lobby.
  4. (transitive) To push with one's nose; to nuzzle.
    • (Can we date this quote by Tennyson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      lambs [] nosing the mother's udder
  5. (transitive) To defeat (as in a race or other contest) by a narrow margin; sometimes with out.
  6. (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?)
  7. (transitive) To furnish with a nose.
    to nose a stair tread
  8. (transitive) To confront; be closely face to face or opposite to.

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Translations[edit]

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Czech[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nose

  1. vocative/locative singular of nos

Verb[edit]

nose

  1. masculine singular present transgressive of nosit

Related terms[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

nose

  1. Rōmaji transcription of のせ

Lower Sorbian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈnɔsɛ/, [ˈnɔsə]

Noun[edit]

nose

  1. nominative/accusative plural of nos

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English nosu, from Proto-Germanic *nusō, old dual from Proto-Indo-European *néh₂s- (nose, nostril).

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nose (plural noses or nosen)

  1. nose (protrusion of the human face)
    • a. 1394, Geoffrey Chaucer, “General Prologue”, in The Canterbury Tales[2], 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 []
  2. beak, nose-shaped protrusion
Descendants[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French nos.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nose (plural noses)

  1. noose
Descendants[edit]

Northern Sotho[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Bantu *njíkɪ̀.

Noun[edit]

nose

  1. bee

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

nose

  1. past participle of nyse

Old English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

nose

  1. inflection of nosu:
    1. accusative/genitive/dative singular
    2. nominative/accusative plural

Old Frisian[edit]

Noun[edit]

nose f

  1. nose

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Verb[edit]

nose (Cyrillic spelling носе)

  1. third-person plural present of nositi

Slovak[edit]

Noun[edit]

nose

  1. locative singular of nos