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[huhg] /hʌg/
verb (used with object), hugged, hugging.
to clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection; embrace.
to cling firmly or fondly to; cherish:
to hug an opinion.
to keep close to, as in sailing, walking, or in moving along or alongside of:
to hug the shore; to hug the road.
verb (used without object), hugged, hugging.
to cling together; lie close.
a tight clasp with the arms; embrace.
Origin of hug
1560-70; perhaps < Old Norse hugga to soothe, console; akin to Old English hogian to care for
Related forms
hugger, noun
huggingly, adverb
unhugged, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hugs
  • Some of the same people gave me spontaneous hugs three days later, some did not.
  • Simple, gravity and therefore the weight of the coin hugs the table cloth.
  • She hugs him and tries not to cry as she drives away.
  • In the end, everyone exchanged a round of hugs, as if it were the last day of camp.
  • Then there was more applause, and several people gave me hugs.
  • But for once she doesn't mind, because they race in to give their father hurried hugs and then race back again.
  • The people and the troops have instead been happily fraternising, exchanging hugs and sharing tea.
  • And such means have strengthened or maintained ties formed in the world of handshakes, hugs and tears.
  • Serbs have always been lucky to be far enough from the brotherly hugs of the bear.
  • hugs your feet and anklebones in all the right places, letting your toes breathe easy.
British Dictionary definitions for hugs


verb (mainly transitive) hugs, hugging, hugged
(also intransitive) to clasp (another person or thing) tightly or (of two people) to cling close together; embrace
to keep close to a shore, kerb, etc
to cling to (beliefs, etc); cherish
to congratulate (oneself); be delighted with (oneself)
a tight or fond embrace
Derived Forms
huggable, adjective
hugger, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hugga to comfort, Old English hogian to take care of
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Word Origin and History for hugs



1560s, hugge "to embrace," of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Norse hugga "to comfort," from hugr "courage, mood," from Proto-Germanic *hugjan, related to Old English hycgan "to think, consider," Gothic hugs "mind, soul, thought." Other have noted the similarity in some senses to German hegen "to foster, cherish," originally "to enclose with a hedge." Related: Hugged; hugging. The noun was originally (1610s) a hold in wrestling. Meaning "affectionate embrace" is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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