body-hug·​ging ˈbä-dē-ˈhə-giŋ How to pronounce body-hugging (audio)
: fitted closely to the wearer's body
a body-hugging dress

Examples of body-hugging in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The body-hugging number, styled by Ryan Hastings from the designer's fall/winter 2024 line, featured slanted sleeves while the back had black horizontal lace-up straps, leaving her backside partially exposed. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 23 May 2024 The Australian actor went for a monochromatic look in all cream, while Pataky opted for a body-hugging gold, long-sleeve gown. Lindsay Kimble, Peoplemag, 7 May 2024 It’s made from a flattering, body-hugging fabric that one shopper says looks and feels high-end. Ali Faccenda, Peoplemag, 24 Apr. 2024 The memory foam cradles and supports the head and neck for a body-hugging feel. Ali Faccenda, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 While the sleeveless silhouette rarely changes, from body-hugging racerbacks to baggy plunging designs, the way that they are worn continues to evolve. Alexis Bennett Parker, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2024 However, while Kardashian didn't wear a single piece of jewelry, one eye-catching accessory definitely stole focus from the body-hugging look: a large, errant Balenciaga tag left dangling down her back. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 3 Mar. 2024 In addition to his iconic number and the white trimming, the mother of four’s floor-length dress featured short sleeves and a body-hugging fit that became loose at the bottom. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2024 The actress wore two looks throughout the night, kicking things off with an off-the-shoulder, body-hugging black Oscar de la Renta pencil dress. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of body-hugging was in 1917

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“Body-hugging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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