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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In the courtroom gallery, Ambrose smiled, wiped away tears and hugged her family members, many of them also dressed in pink. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "After emotional testimony from mother of slain teen Desiree Robinson, girl's pimp sentenced to 32 years in prison," 5 June 2019 Women wear wedges and bodysuits that hug their curves. Yvonne Wenger, Washington Post, "Baltimore’s nightclub for disabled adults fosters love, friendship and inclusion," 4 June 2019 Overcome with excitement, the history-makers hugged Chastain when the winning penalty was shown. Jaide Timm-garcia, CNN, "Women's World Cup: The match that changed women's football," 31 May 2019 Clarke is seen hugging showrunner Dan Weiss, producer Bernadette Caulfield, and co-star Maisie Williams. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emilia Clarke's Last Day on Game of Thrones Has Fans Emotionally Wrecked," 27 May 2019 Many distillers hug that line as close as possible for one simple reason: Barrels aren’t cheap. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Make This Flavor-Packed Old Fashioned for Memorial Day Weekend," 24 May 2019 This week, there was a brand-new continuity error: While hugging Cersei in their final moments, Jaime’s severed hand seemed to magically reappear. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Everything Fans Flipped Out About on Last Night’s Game of Thrones," 13 May 2019 Now push the weights overhead, straightening both arms and keeping biceps hugged close to your ears. SELF, "Final Strength Push, Plus 4-Minute Finisher," 28 Apr. 2019 Do a row by pulling the weights up toward your chest, keeping your elbows hugged close to your body, and squeezing your shoulder blades for two seconds at the top of the movement. Amy Marturana, SELF, "8 Strength Exercises All Beginners Should Learn How to Do," 2 May 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

huffler

huff-snuff

huffy

hug

huge

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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