hug

verb \ ˈhəg \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of hug

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

hug

noun

huggable

play \ˈhə-gə-bəl\ adjective

hugger

noun

Examples of hug in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of hug

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



HUG Defined for English Language Learners

hug

verb

Definition of hug for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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hug

verb \ ˈhəg \

Definition of hug for Students

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

2

hug

noun

Definition of hug for Students



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