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.

1560–70; perhaps < Old Norse hugga to soothe, console; akin to Old English hogian to care for

hugger, noun
huggingly, adverb
unhugged, adjective Unabridged
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hug (hʌɡ)
vb , hugs, hugging, hugged
1.  (also intr) to clasp (another person or thing) tightly or (of two people) to cling close together; embrace
2.  to keep close to a shore, kerb, etc
3.  to cling to (beliefs, etc); cherish
4.  to congratulate (oneself); be delighted with (oneself)
5.  a tight or fond embrace
[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 & History

1567, hugge "to embrace," perhaps from O.N. hugga "to comfort," from hugr "courage, mood," from P.Gmc. *hugjan, related to O.E. hycgan "to think, consider," Goth. hugs "mind, soul, thought." Other have noted the similarity in some senses to Ger. hegen "to foster, cherish," originally "to enclose with
a hedge." The noun was originally (1617) a hold in wrestling.
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HUGS definition

Haskell User's Gofer System

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Example sentences
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
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