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snug

[snuhg] /snʌg/
adjective, snugger, snuggest.
1.
warmly comfortable or cozy, as a place, accommodations, etc.:
a snug little house.
2.
fitting closely, as a garment:
a snug jacket.
3.
more or less compact or limited in size, and sheltered or warm:
a snug harbor.
4.
trim, neat, or compactly arranged, as a ship or its parts.
5.
comfortably circumstanced, as persons.
6.
pleasant or agreeable, especially in a small, exclusive way:
a snug coterie of writers.
7.
enabling one to live in comfort:
a snug fortune.
8.
secret; concealed; well-hidden:
a snug hideout.
verb (used without object), snugged, snugging.
9.
to lie closely or comfortably; nestle.
verb (used with object), snugged, snugging.
10.
to make snug.
11.
Nautical. to prepare for a storm by taking in sail, lashing deck gear, etc. (usually followed by down).
adverb
12.
in a snug manner:
The shirt fit snug around the neck.
noun
13.
British. a small, secluded room in a tavern, as for private parties.
Origin of snug
1575-1585
1575-85; perhaps < Old Norse snøggr short-haired; cognate with Swedish snygg neat
Related forms
snugly, adverb
snugness, noun
unsnug, adjective
unsnugly, adverb
unsnugness, noun
Synonyms
4. tidy, ordered, orderly. 6. intimate, cozy. 9. cuddle, snuggle. 10. settle, arrange. 11. secure.
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  • With God's help I shall try to make a bright, snug and cosy home for you!

    Three Dramas Bjrnstjerne M. Bjrnson
  • And when you told me about the marriage, did not I say that I saw our way to a snug thing for life?

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Too snug to suit me, for, once my infant was safely barricaded, I felt the spirit of adventure rising.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • There was the little house, white as paint could make it, and snug in bowering foliage.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • It was delightfully wooded scenery through which we passed, and a snug little spot where we lunched.

British Dictionary definitions for snug

snug

/snʌɡ/
adjective snugger, snuggest
1.
comfortably warm and well-protected; cosy: the children were snug in bed during the blizzard
2.
small but comfortable: a snug cottage
3.
well-ordered; compact: a snug boat
4.
sheltered and secure: a snug anchorage
5.
fitting closely and comfortably
6.
offering safe concealment
noun
7.
(in Britain and Ireland) one of the bars in certain pubs, offering intimate seating for only a few persons
8.
(engineering) a small peg under the head of a bolt engaging with a slot in the bolted component to prevent the bolt turning when the nut is tightened
verb snugs, snugging, snugged
9.
to make or become comfortable and warm
10.
(transitive) (nautical) to make (a vessel) ready for a storm by lashing down gear
Derived Forms
snugly, adverb
snugness, noun
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: prepared for storms (used of a ship)): related to Old Icelandic snöggr short-haired, Swedish snygg tidy, Low German snögger smart
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Word Origin and History for snug
adj.

1590s, "compact, trim" (of a ship), especially "protected from the weather," perhaps from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse snoggr "short-haired," Old Swedish snygg, Old Danish snøg "neat, tidy," perhaps from PIE *kes- (1) "to scratch" (see xyster). Sense of "in a state of ease or comfort" first recorded 1620s. Meaning "fit closely" is first found 1838. Expression snug as a bug in a rug attested by 1769; earlier snug as a bee in a box (1706).

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