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bear-hugged; bear-hugging; bear-hugs

transitive verb

: to embrace in a bear hug

bear hug

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: a rough tight embrace

Examples of bear-hug in a Sentence

Verb elated team members bear-hugging everyone in sight Noun He gave his brother a bear hug.
Recent Examples on the Web
Less than an hour later, a mighty whoop erupted as Chapel sank the third ping-pong ball, and everyone rushed back to the table to yell, leap, chest-bump and bear-hug — a moment of euphoria worthy of a winning lottery ticket. Nancy Kruh, Peoplemag, 28 May 2024 Finally, as the judge said not guilty for the sixth time, Connor lowered his head, took off his glasses, rubbed his eyes and bear-hugged the public defenders who represented him. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 8 May 2024
Quick Read Deep Read ( 4 Min. ) July 10, 2024 | New Delhi On his first trip to Russia since the war in Ukraine began, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraced Russian President Vladimir Putin in one of his signature bear hugs. Fahad Shah, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 July 2024 Provide assistance: For instance, wrapping your arms around them in a bear hug to prevent them from hitting themselves is an option. Amy Morin, Parents, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for bear-hug 

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Word History

First Known Use


1907, in the meaning defined above


1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bear-hug was in 1837

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“Bear-hug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

bear hug

: a rough tight hug
bear-hug verb
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