Synonyms of nose in English:


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See Spanish definition of nariz



snout, muzzle, proboscis, trunk
informal beak, conk, snoot, schnozzle, hooter, sniffer, snitch
Scottish, Northern English informal neb
informal, dated bracket
North American informal, dated bugle

2‘he has a very good nose’

sense of smell, olfactory sense

3‘he had a nose for scandal’

instinct, feeling, gift for detecting, gift for discovering, sixth sense, intuition, insight, perception

4‘a thin wine with an agreeably fruity nose’

smell, bouquet, aroma, fragrance, perfume, scent, odour

5‘the plane's nose dipped as it started descending’

tip, nose cone
bow, prow, front end
British bonnet
North American hood
informal droop-snoot


1‘the dog nosed the carcass briefly’

nuzzle, nudge, push, prod

2‘she's always nosing into your business’

pry, inquire impertinently, be inquisitive, inquire
be curious, poke about, poke around, mind someone else's business, be a busybody, poke one's nose in, stick one's nose in
interfere, interfere in, meddle, meddle in, intrude, intrude on
informal be nosy, be nosy about, nosy, snoop
Australian, New Zealand informal stickybeak

3‘the submarine nosed around the island's waters’

move slowly, ease, inch, edge, move, manoeuvre, steer, slip, squeeze, slide
guide, push, tuck


    nose round

    ‘the others were no doubt nosing round the wreck’

    investigate, explore, ferret in, ferret about in, ferret in, ferret around in, rummage in, search, delve into, peer into, prowl around, have a good look at
    informal snoop about, snoop round, snoop around
    nose something out

    ‘he has a rare gift of nosing out little-recorded composers’

    detect, find, search out, discover, disclose, bring to light, track down, dig up, hunt out, ferret out, root out, uncover, unearth, disinter, smell out, sniff out, follow the scent of, scent out, run to earth, run to ground
    on the nose

    ‘the van pulled up at ten on the nose’

    exactly, precisely, sharp, on the dot
    promptly, prompt, dead, dead on, on the stroke of …, on the dot of …
    informal bang, bang on, spot on …
    North American informal on the button
    by a nose

    ‘all the appliances tested do the job well, but our best buy wins by a nose’

    just, only just, barely, narrowly, by a narrow margin, by the narrowest of margins, by a very small margin, by a hair's breadth, by the skin of one's teeth
    informal by a whisker

    by miles

    get up someone's nose

    ‘it really got up my nose, and it occured to me to wonder why it was so annoying’

    annoy, aggravate, irritate, exasperate, anger, irk, vex, put out, nettle, provoke, incense, rile, infuriate, antagonize, make someone's blood boil, ruffle someone's feathers, ruffle, try someone's patience, make someone's hackles rise
    offend, pique
    informal peeve, needle, make someone see red, get someone's back up, get someone's goat, get under someone's skin, bug, get someone, miff, hack off
    British informal wind up, get at, nark, get across, get on someone's wick
    North American informal tick off
    vulgar slang piss off