nose nouz, sb. Forms: 1-2 nosu, 3-4 nos, 5-6 noos, 5 noose, noys(e, 6 noise, nois, noss, 3- nose. OE. nosu fem. = OFris. nosi, nose, nosa, nos, MDutch nose, nuese, neuse (Dutch neus), MLG. nose, nose; MSw., Sw., and Norw. nos (nos) snout, muzzle. The relationship to OE. nasu nase and to nese is not clear.



a. That part (usually more or less prominent) of the head or face in humans and animals which lies above the mouth and contains the nostrils. Also, the corresponding part, or some similar formation, in lower forms of animal life.

In Saxon Leechd. I. 88 the plural appears to be used in the sense of `nostrils'.

b. Applied to an elephant's trunk. Obs. rare.


parson's nose

parson's nose, the rump of a fowl (see parson sb. 6); so

recorder's nose

recorder's nose.

d. That part of a pair of spectacles or eye-glasses which crosses the nose; the bridge.

e. In Horse-racing: the nose of a horse used as an indication of the distance between two finishing horses. Phr.

to bet etc. on the nose

to bet (etc.) on the noseto bet (et c.) on the nose: to back a horse to win (as opposed to betting for a place, or betting each way).


a. The organ of smell.

b. The sense of smell; a (good, bad, etc.) faculty of smell or power of tracking by scent.