hug

verb
\ ˈhəg How to pronounce hug (audio) \
hugged; hugging

Definition of hug

transitive verb

1 : to press tightly especially in the arms
b : to hold fast : cherish hugged his miseries like a sulky child— John Buchan
3 : to stay close to the road hugs the river

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Other Words from hug

hug noun
huggable \ ˈhə-​gə-​bəl How to pronounce huggable (audio) \ adjective
hugger noun

Examples of hug in a Sentence

We hugged briefly, and then it was time to say goodbye. I hugged my knees to my chest. The road hugs the river. The boat hugged the shore.
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Mitsotakis steps out of his car and switches into casual campaigning mode, crouching to chat to children, greeting young men with an arm-wrestle handshake, hugging pensioners, and using his height to snap cellphone photos. Washington Post, "Greek election front runner keeps campaign unusually low-key," 5 July 2019 The same cannot be said for the former buildings of the old town, which formerly hugged the river to the northeast of the current village. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois’ first capital is an island that’s home to just 18 people. Recent flooding has made it even more isolated.," 3 July 2019 Derryn left, leaving Pauly and Nikki staring at each other, Vinny and Alysse hugging for warmth. Darren Franich, EW.com, "In praise of the goofy, shocking, endearing Double Shot at Love finale," 28 June 2019 Sonya, just getting over her competitive annoyance that two point guards had been selected ahead of him, put her hand over her heart and smiled before hugging her son. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Drafting Stephen Curry," 25 June 2019 Earlier in the night, this was the epicenter of activity for draft picks and their families, who mingled and hugged and even posed for family pictures together. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "‘His pick was real, right?’ Behind the scenes of Celtics pick Tremont Waters’s draft night," 21 June 2019 The woman remembers Leedy picking her son up off the ground, throwing his legs around himself and hugging the boy tight. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "He pretended to be a pastor; he pleaded guilty to sex abuse: ‘Get him away from your kids’," 20 June 2019 For taxonomy purposes, a beard consists of swaths of facial hair that slide down from the middle of the earlobe, hugging the chin and cascading to the Adam’s apple. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The enduring legacy and fantasy of Captain America’s beard, explained," 18 June 2019 Ayanava Sil documented men hugging after morning prayers to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Kolkata, India, to commemorate the conclusion of Ramadan with a simple, colorful composition that packs a punch while capturing a sense of warmth between the men. National Geographic, "Your best photos of the week, June 7, 2019," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of hug

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hug

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hugga to soothe

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Dictionary Entries near hug

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huff-snuff

huffy

hug

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hugeous

hugger-mugger

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More Definitions for hug

hug

verb

English Language Learners 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)

hug

verb
\ ˈhəg How to pronounce hug (audio) \
hugged; hugging

Kids Definition of hug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to clasp in the arms : embrace
2 : to keep close to The ship hugged the coast.

hug

noun

Kids Definition of hug (Entry 2 of 2)

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