This is a passage from a novel:

When Neal smiled, he had dimples like parentheses--stubbly parentheses. Georgie wanted to pull him over the breakfast bar and nose at his cheeks. (That was her standard response to Neal smiling.) (Though Neal probably wouldn't know that.)

Does nose here means putting her nose on his cheeks?

  • I think she wanted to pry on his cheeks. Verb 2nd
    – Usernew
    Sep 26, 2015 at 14:00
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    @Usernew No, definitely not. I recommend you look up the verb pry and ask yourself how it could apply to someone's cheeks. As an aside, the preposition most often collocated with pry is into, not on. To Theo (OP): yes, it means rubbing her nose against his cheeks, as a sign of affection. Kinda like when a dog "noses" your hand.
    – Dan Bron
    Sep 26, 2015 at 14:04
  • @DanBron Got it. :)
    – Usernew
    Sep 26, 2015 at 14:05
  • oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/english/nose_2 : [intransitive] + adv./prep. (of an animal) to search for something or push something with its nose
    – ColleenV
    Aug 3, 2021 at 13:23

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As @DanBron has stated in the comment, this is a sign of affection practiced not only by humans, but by numerous members of the animal kingdom. English speakers will be more familiar with the synonym nuzzle. It means that she would cuddle face to face with her husband.

Allow this lioness to demonstrate: Lioness nuzzles lion's cheek

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