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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Example sentences
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.
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