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hug

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verb \ˈhəg\

Simple Definition of hug

  • : 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

huggedhug·ging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to press tightly especially in the arms

  3. 2 a :  congratulate b :  to hold fast :  cherish <hugged his miseries like a sulky child — John Buchan>

  4. 3 :  to stay close to <the road hugs the river>

hug noun
hug·ga·ble play \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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