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[snuhg] /snʌg/
adjective, snugger, snuggest.
warmly comfortable or cozy, as a place, accommodations, etc.:
a snug little house.
fitting closely, as a garment:
a snug jacket.
more or less compact or limited in size, and sheltered or warm:
a snug harbor.
trim, neat, or compactly arranged, as a ship or its parts.
comfortably circumstanced, as persons.
pleasant or agreeable, especially in a small, exclusive way:
a snug coterie of writers.
enabling one to live in comfort:
a snug fortune.
secret; concealed; well-hidden:
a snug hideout.
verb (used without object), snugged, snugging.
to lie closely or comfortably; nestle.
verb (used with object), snugged, snugging.
to make snug.
Nautical. to prepare for a storm by taking in sail, lashing deck gear, etc. (usually followed by down).
in a snug manner:
The shirt fit snug around the neck.
British. a small, secluded room in a tavern, as for private parties.
Origin of snug
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
4. tidy, ordered, orderly. 6. intimate, cozy. 9. cuddle, snuggle. 10. settle, arrange. 11. secure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snug
  • In other words, a snug-fitting, non-squeaking hinge is a prayer.
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  • If you tend to sweat a lot, be sure your shirt is cotton, as well as wear a snug-fitting cotton undershirt.
  • Their draughty homes cost more to heat than snug apartments.
  • The predictable outcome was a snug little cartel that kept prices high and service innovation low for too long.
  • He acted as one might after making it to a snug old age only to wake up and find there was nothing.
  • The aquariums consist of an acrylic cylinder encased in a second, snug-fitting stainless-steel cylinder.
  • Then, snug as a bug inside, each study subject was finally allowed to sleep while the scanning continued.
  • The inner braincase bones showed a snug cerebral fit.
  • Some of those places are so lethal that human life couldn't loiter there even snug inside their spaceships.
British Dictionary definitions for snug


adjective snugger, snuggest
comfortably warm and well-protected; cosy: the children were snug in bed during the blizzard
small but comfortable: a snug cottage
well-ordered; compact: a snug boat
sheltered and secure: a snug anchorage
fitting closely and comfortably
offering safe concealment
(in Britain and Ireland) one of the bars in certain pubs, offering intimate seating for only a few persons
(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
to make or become comfortable and warm
(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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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