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hug

[huhg] /hʌg/
verb (used with object), hugged, hugging.
1.
to clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection; embrace.
2.
to cling firmly or fondly to; cherish:
to hug an opinion.
3.
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.
4.
to cling together; lie close.
noun
5.
a tight clasp with the arms; embrace.
Origin
1560-1570
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
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Examples from the web for hug
  • Their hug-me arms waver in the hot, wet air, as if they are attempting to embrace something vast and invisible.
  • Sometimes a screen is a screen, and sometimes a screen is a bear hug.
  • Many of the world's biggest clearers of trees have started to hug them.
  • Having not seen each other for a couple of months, this brother and sister share an affectionate hug.
  • The machine is designed to mimic the calming effect of a cow's holding pen by giving her a mechanical hug.
  • Enjoy being a speck, and give the specks closest to you a hug.
  • They tend to hug the continent, thumping along, sometimes even grounding themselves in a new place.
  • And hug your parents for all the work they did to prepare you.
  • They spread slowly, hug the ground, and have heavy seeds not easily borne on the wind.
  • On the patio, free-form walls hug the chairs and chaises.
British Dictionary definitions for hug

hug

/hʌɡ/
verb (mainly transitive) hugs, hugging, hugged
1.
(also intransitive) 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)
noun
5.
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 hug
v.

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.

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