\ ˈsnəg How to pronounce snug (audio) \
snugged; snugging

Definition of snug

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: snuggle, nestle snug down for bed

transitive verb

1 : to cause to fit closely
2 : to make snug
4 : to secure by fastening or lashing down


snugger; snuggest

Definition of snug (Entry 2 of 3)

1a of a ship : manifesting seaworthiness : taut
b : trim, neat
c : fitting closely and comfortably a snug coat
2a : enjoying or affording warm secure shelter or cover and opportunity for ease and contentment a snug cottage a snug haven
b : marked by cordiality and secure privacy
3 : affording a degree of comfort and ease a snug income
4 : offering safe concealment a snug hideout



Definition of snug (Entry 3 of 3)

: a small private room or compartment in a pub

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Other Words from snug


snug adverb
snugly adverb
snugness noun

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comfortable, cozy, snug, easy, restful mean enjoying or providing a position of contentment and security. comfortable applies to anything that encourages serenity, well-being, or complacency as well as physical ease. started feeling comfortable in our new surroundings cozy suggests warmth, shelter, assured ease, and friendliness. a cozy neighborhood coffee shop snug suggests having just enough space for comfort and safety but no more. a snug little cottage easy implies relief from or absence of anything likely to cause discomfort or constraint. living in easy circumstances restful applies to whatever induces or contributes to rest or relaxation. a quiet restful vacation

Examples of snug in a Sentence

Verb the farmhand snugged down in the hay and proceeded to go to sleep Adjective The shoes were too snug. These jeans are snug around the hips. We were snug in the cabin. She felt snug under the warm blanket. The children were snug in their beds.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pocketing a major, the first in nearly seven years, would push McIlroy’s total to five and snug him up with legends Byron Nelson, Seve Ballesteros and three others. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2021 This ensures that the chip breaker will snug up tightly against the iron, so no wood shavings can be trapped and torn off. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 28 Sep. 2020 The wide straps distribute the weight of the firearm across the back and chest, and the easy-to-adjust straps snug the gun firmly against the body, eliminating excess movement. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 20 Feb. 2020 Cobra – Lying on your stomach, place your hands next to your mid-rib cage with your elbows bent and snug to your sides. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 3 Mar. 2020 Adjusted correctly, the three-point harness snugs the holster tight against the body, preventing it from moving around. The Editors, Outdoor Life, 20 Feb. 2020 More than 240 international acts sit snug across three full nights of musical mayhem, and with so much on the table, there's something for pretty much everyone. Kat Bein, Billboard, 27 Mar. 2019 Keep those seatbelts snug, enjoy the remainder of the flight, and thank you for flying Air Niners! Scott Ostler,, 21 Dec. 2019 During use, the weight on the swing keeps the rope snug around the limb, preventing movement, friction, and damage to the bark. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 8 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The adjustable velcro dividers keep everything snug. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 29 June 2021 The TrinoXO Classic Fit TrinoXO Tee and TrinoXO Long Sleeve Tee just joined the fan-favorite ranks of Allbirds' inaugural cropped & boxy style as a take on the classic crew with a body-skimming fit that's not too snug nor too loose. Karina Hoshikawa,, 8 Apr. 2021 For instance, if your snow pants are too snug in the knees and hips, those bumps on the double black could be especially bruising. Outdoor Life, 24 Feb. 2021 Lightweight socks are thin ski socks designed to fit into snug boots, which, of course, have their own included lining to keep you comfortable. Outdoor Life, 24 Feb. 2021 These warm shoes, which are often lined with an ultra-snug shearling or wool blend, have been around for ages, but have seen a major resurgence in 2020. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2020 From snug pullovers to open-front shrugs, the trend has taken hold at fast-fashion brands and luxury retailers, alike, for a couple of reasons. Eliza Huber,, 24 Dec. 2020 Homestead Market was jammed with carcasses, with deer and elk and bear, their meat packed in snug white bundles headed into lockers and freezers, their heads and hides being shipped off for mounting. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, 6 Dec. 2020 And like its predecessor, the Yoyo2 is small enough to fit in tight spaces, from an airplane’s overhead compartment to the snug trunk of your classic Fiat rental in Tuscany. Stirling Kelso, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The house also features an outside terrace and a tiny snug, which is fashioned like a vintage railway carriage, with tasselled velvet furniture – the closest thing to having your own private cocktail bar. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 27 June 2021 To test their creation, the researchers assembled a snug-fitting vest, with one half made of their fabric and the other made of white cotton of about the same thickness. Alex Viveros, Science | AAAS, 8 July 2021 Independently-owned, the hotel has 84 snug guest rooms (four are suites) with an emphasis on common areas., 30 June 2021 Natural antibodies are also relatively big proteins that are not always able to get their business end snug against a virus's RBD. Rowan Jacobsen, Scientific American, 27 June 2021 Shepherd’s Huts, as well as its cozy snug and Map Room with wood-burning stove. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, 15 June 2021 At the Parrot on Wednesday, drag performers of different genders and backgrounds did kicks, splits and flips to the music on the snug dance floor. Monivette Cordeiro,, 11 June 2021 Supra’s cabin is snug, but comfortable and very nicely laid out. Jason Fogelson, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 What really sets these Pine Tree Tools gloves apart is their snug fit, compared to the looser design of one-size-fits-all gardening gloves. Ariel Scotti, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of snug


1583, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snug

Adjective and Verb

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish snygg tidy


short for snuggery

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English Language Learners Definition of snug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fitting closely and often too tightly
: providing or enjoying warmth, shelter, and comfort



English Language Learners Definition of snug (Entry 2 of 2)

British : a small private room in a pub


\ ˈsnəg How to pronounce snug (audio) \
snugger; snuggest

Kids Definition of snug

1 : fitting closely and comfortably a snug coat
2 : comfortable sense 1, cozy a snug corner I was snug in the deep feathery bed …— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder
3 : offering protection or a hiding place a snug harbor

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snugly adverb

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