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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SNOOZLE, v. intr. 1. To snooze, to doze (Abd., Ags. 1971). Also in Eng. dial.Sc. 1858 Sc. Haggis (Webster) 136:
Just to keep you frae drowsying and snoozling.
Edb. 1916 T. W. Paterson Wyse-sayin's vi. 9:
Hoo lang are ye gaun to lie snoozlin there?

2. To nuzzle, to poke with the nose, to snuggle (Lnk., Ayr. 1971). Also in Eng. dial. Also used refl. in 1896 quot. = to huddle.Sc. 1896 Chambers's Jnl. (2 May) 276:
Away! and snoozle yourself in your corner.
Fif. 1897 S. Tytler Witch-wife xi.:
There was the auld dog Tyke snoozling round Glenfierroch's feet.
Dmf. 1913 J. L. Waugh Thornhill 210:
Wattie “snoozled” nearer his master.
wm.Sc. 1934 K. R. Archer Jock Tamson's Bairns 54:
An' they snoozle in aside ye Wi' an eager canny shove.

[Freq. form of snooze, in 2. conflated with nuzzle.]

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