Nosegay

  • 1 nosegay — ose gay , n. [Nose + gay in the sense of a gay or showy thing.] A bunch of odorous and showy flowers; a bouquet; a posy. Pope. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Nosegay — (engl., spr. nōs gē, »Nasenweide«), eigentlich ein scherzhafter Ausdruck für Blumenstrauß, insbes. für eine duftende Blume im Knopfloch und da nach für den Träger einer solchen, also etwa soviel wie Stutzer, Elegant …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 3 nosegay — (n.) bunch of flowers, early 15c., from NOSE (Cf. nose) (n.) + GAY (Cf. gay) in an obsolete noun sense of gay or bright thing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 nosegay — ► NOUN ▪ a small sweet scented bunch of flowers. ORIGIN from GAY(Cf. ↑gayness) in the obsolete sense «ornament» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 nosegay — [nōz′gā΄] n. [ NOSE + GAY (in obs. sense of “bright object”)] a bunch of flowers; small bouquet, esp. for carrying in the hand …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 nosegay — UK [ˈnəʊzˌɡeɪ] / US [ˈnoʊzˌɡeɪ] noun [countable] Word forms nosegay : singular nosegay plural nosegays old fashioned a small bunch of flowers that you hold in your hand or give to someone …

    English dictionary

  • 7 Nosegay — Posy redirects here. For the gossamer winged butterflies, see Drupadia. A nosegay, posey (or posie, posy), flower bouquet or tussie mussie is a small bunch of flowers, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least… …

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  • 8 nosegay — /nohz gay /, n. a small bunch of flowers; bouquet; posy. [1375 1425; late ME: lit., a gay (obs., something pretty; see GAY) for the NOSE (i.e., to smell)] * * * ▪ floral decoration also called  tussie mussie , or  posey        small, hand held… …

    Universalium

  • 9 nosegay — noun A small bunch of fragrant flowers or herbs, tied in a bundle, often presented as a gift on meeting, and originally intended to be put to the nose for the pleasant sensation, or to mask unpleasant odours. The 80 year old Government Opium and… …

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  • 10 nosegay — noun Etymology: Middle English, from nose nose + gay ornament, literally, something gay, from gay Date: 15th century a small bunch of flowers ; posy …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 nosegay — nose·gay (nōzґga) a name applied to an anatomical structure resembling a small bunch of flowers …

    Medical dictionary

  • 12 nosegay — Synonyms and related words: aroma, bale, balminess, bindle, bolt, boughpot, bouquet, boutonniere, budget, bundle, buttonhole, chaplet, corsage, deck, fagot, fardel, fasces, fascine, festoon, flower arrangement, fragrance, fragrancy, fruitiness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 nosegay — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. posy, bouquet, corsage. See odor. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Cut flowers that have been arranged in a usually small bunch: bouquet, posy. See THING …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 nosegay — nose|gay [ˈnəuzgeı US ˈnouz ] n old fashioned [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: nose + English dialect gay something decorative (14 19 centuries)] a small arrangement of flowers …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 nosegay — nose|gay [ nouz,geı ] noun count OLD FASHIONED a small BUNCH of flowers that you hold in your hand or give to someone …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 nosegay — n. small bouquet of flowers …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 17 nosegay — noun a small sweet scented bunch of flowers. Origin ME: from nose + gay in the obs. sense ornament …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18 nosegay — n. Bouquet, posy …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 19 nosegay — noun (C) old fashioned a small arrangement of flowers …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 nosegay — n bouquet, bunch of flowers, flowers, blossoms, blooms, spray, flower arrangement, Brit. Dial. boughpot; corsage, boutonniere, Chiefly Brit. buttonhole, flower; garland, wreath, festoon, chaplet …

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