snug

1 of 3

verb

snugged; snugging

intransitive verb

: snuggle, nestle
snug down for bed

transitive verb

1
: to cause to fit closely
2
: to make snug
3
4
: to secure by fastening or lashing down

snug

2 of 3

adjective

snugger; snuggest
1
a
of a ship : manifesting seaworthiness : taut
b
: trim, neat
c
: fitting closely and comfortably
a snug coat
2
a
: 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
snug adverb
snugly adverb
snugness noun

snug

3 of 3

noun

British
: a small private room or compartment in a pub
Choose the Right Synonym for snug

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Most of them grow from southern Oregon down into northern California, snugged up against the rugged Pacific coast. Discover Magazine, 6 Jan. 2024 On Google Maps, Zdarsky’s hangar-cum-house can be seen snugged into the crossings of several dirt runways on an isolated section of land located in Utah’s remote northwestern desert. Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Aug. 2023 How about snugging up with a thematically appropriate movie? Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 16 May 2023 Then snug the empty vest on your torso. Peter Koch, Outside Online, 10 May 2020 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
Adjective
It’s equipped with four straps comprising two ladder lock and two side-release buckles to secure a snug and even compression. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 21 Feb. 2024 The top lifts while the material stretches to your body, offering a snug yet comfortable fit. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 14 Feb. 2024 They were build in Duluth and trucked to Saint Paul in sections, where course builders welded them together in place to ensure a snug fit. Michelle Bruton, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Accessibility: No barriers to entry, but the dining room is snug; ADA-compliant restrooms. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 Interior designers report that because of this craving for a quiet corner, more and more people are requesting the addition of a snug room. Sharon Greenthal, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2024 The cuffs of the jacket are cinched, which kept them snug against our tester's wrists. Michelle Rostamian, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 What to Consider: The toe box can feel snug, and a half-size up might work better for some hikers. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2024 With plenty pockets and a snug fit, these leggings are perfect for running errands (or just running in general!). Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024
Noun
The relaxed arch band loosely snugs against your foot for maximum comfort with light compression. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 3 Mar. 2023 Inside and out, everything hinges and snugs: The writing desk collapses, the shelving folds flat, and the bed frame stows away into its own headboard. Josh Condon, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2023 Additionally, leggings fit snug around the ankle as well as flare out like a pair of statement-making jeans. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2023 The band at the top also is amazing…snug but not tight. Nicole Crawford, Verywell Health, 7 Feb. 2023 The semi-sheer classic tank is snug for undergarments or by itself. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 6 Feb. 2023 This allows a snug fit to the hand truck’s curving back brace. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 6 Feb. 2023 There was something incredible about his look, specifically the high-rise, snug stovepipe pants. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 6 Feb. 2023 What to Consider: The fit is snug, so consider ordering a size up. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Verb

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish snygg tidy

Noun

short for snuggery

First Known Use

Verb

1583, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

circa 1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snug was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Snug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snug. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

snug

1 of 2 verb
snugged; snugging
1
: to settle or lie down : snuggle
2
: to make snug

snug

2 of 2 adjective
snugger; snuggest
1
a
c
: fitting closely and comfortably
a snug coat
2
: enjoying or providing warm secure shelter and comfort : cozy
a snug cottage
3
: fairly large
a snug fortune
4
: offering safe concealment
a snug harbor
snug adverb
snugly adverb
snugness noun

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