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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Trump posted a doctored video of Biden creeping up and hugging himself, which the president retweeted from a right-wing website. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week In Washington: “The Democrats Will Never Be Satisfied!”," 7 Apr. 2019 Every single person who meets him wants to take a selfie with him or hug him or work with him or marry him or adopt him him or, like me, all of the above. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, February 22 Edition," 22 Feb. 2019 Just as one girl stood up to share some of her thoughts, Michelle crept through the door and hugged her from behind — and the room erupted into tears and squeals of disbelief. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Michelle Obama and Oprah Surprise a Group of Unsuspecting High School Girls," 13 Nov. 2018 Kemerling then appeared and hugged them from behind. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "US soldier returns from deployment, surprises twin cheerleader daughters at Missouri basketball game," 2 Oct. 2018 So get ready to be hugging all your besties and holding back tears by the end! 13. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "36 Nostalgic Songs That Must Be Played At Every Prom, No Questions Asked," 13 Mar. 2019 The two then hugged, and as Bailey ended the Q&A, the audience gave the cast another standing ovation. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Got a Standing Ovation at the Toronto Film Festival," 10 Sep. 2018 When a viral photo of Devonte crying and hugging a white officer during a protest of police violence thrust the Harts into the national spotlight in 2014, many celebrated the moment as a symbol of hope for racial harmony. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 Milledge bumped into Barnes not long thereafter, and the two women hugged and cried some more. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "His heart stopped. How it got working again is an amazing story. Was it luck, or God?," 28 May 2018

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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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