verb \ˈhəg\

: to put your arms around someone especially as a way of showing love or friendship

: to hold (something) tightly with your arms

: to stay close to (something)


Full Definition of HUG

transitive verb
:  to press tightly especially in the arms
a :  congratulate
b :  to hold fast :  cherish <hugged his miseries like a sulky child — John Buchan>
:  to stay close to <the road hugs the river>
hug noun
hug·ga·ble \ˈhə-gə-bəl\ adjective
hug·ger noun

Examples of HUG

  1. We hugged briefly, and then it was time to say goodbye.
  2. I hugged my knees to my chest.
  3. The road hugs the river.
  4. The boat hugged the shore.

Origin of HUG

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hugga to soothe
First Known Use: 1567

Rhymes with HUG


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