snug

verb
\ˈsnəg \
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

snug

adjective
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

snug

noun

Definition of snug (Entry 3 of 3)

British

: a small private room or compartment in a pub

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Other Words from snug

Adjective

snug adverb
snugly adverb
snugness noun

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Adjective

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

But where will the impact come from, particularly with the Steelers so snug against the cap? Peter King, SI.com, "Le’Veon Bell: Game-Changing Back Who Is Absolutely Not Worth $14 Million a Season," 7 Mar. 2018 That said, the Warriors played like a team that has snugged on its bibs for the long haul. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Steve Kerr gets creative with lineup, but fans will still take Stephen Curry," 28 Apr. 2018 Sheeran’s band was still snug around his finger during the outing, while Seaborn showed off her enviable rock. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Ed Sheeran Explains His Mysterious Ring: Fiancée Cherry Seaborn 'Made It for Me Herself'," 22 Feb. 2018 Steve Ehlmann snugged the zipper to his parka, adjusted his sunglasses and tugged at his cap against the windy, 28-degree December day. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Urban trout programs deliver great fishing close to home," 1 Jan. 2018 Once clean fluid is coming out of the brake, snug the bleeder bolt and move your operation to the left rear wheel and start all over again. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Bleed Your Brakes the Right Way," 1 Feb. 2017 With a navy blue jersey snugged over his stocky frame. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Butler University admission process goes to the dog, as mascot surprises prospective students," 20 Oct. 2017 That had been remedied by snugging up a few bolts, according to Wilson. Alaska Dispatch News, "Coast Guard hearings on sinking of crab boat in Bering Sea begin with owner’s testimony," 8 Aug. 2017 Philadelphia is a place where the National Constitution Center has an exhibit highlighting Springsteen’s blue jeans (snug) and notebooks full of lyrics (excellent penmanship). Dawn Fallik, Philly.com, "Growing up Bono in the land of The Boss," 14 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That’s never an issue with a snug pair of leggings—or bottoms with a comfortable elastic waistband, for that matter. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "A Case For Wearing Maternity Jeans When You’re Not Pregnant," 6 Dec. 2018 Elastic that encircles the sheet provides a more snug fit, reduces surface bagginess and increases the comfort factor. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "The Best Luxury Sheets For the Perfect Night's Sleep," 15 Nov. 2018 Entering the space dispels one’s notions about sake bars, which in New York City tend toward the clandestine: low lit, snug, difficult to locate. Wei Tchou, Vogue, "New York’s First Sake Brewery Considers the Art of American Rice Wine," 24 Oct. 2018 Their adjustable earhooks wrap around your ear for a snug fit, while a waterproof coating protects them from sweat. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "These massively popular Bluetooth sport headphones are only $17 today," 10 Oct. 2018 Wrap foil band around cake to form a snug collar and secure with tape. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 The house itself is fairly standard, with a snug layout that includes an all-timber living room and a compact kitchen. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Clever two-story tiny house has an extendable roof," 6 Nov. 2018 The Headphones cups are made of an unspecified faux-leathery material, and felt comfortable if not a bit snug. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands-on with Microsoft's Surface Headphones: tune out the outside world to focus," 3 Oct. 2018 The jacket should be snug to your chest and the straps tight. 2. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Here are 4 water safety tips for you and your family this Fourth of July," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Adjectives like snug, cozy, fire-lit all spring to mind. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Super modern ski chalet is a wintertime dream," 29 Nov. 2018 On Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest peak, the Stone Hut, built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, offers a snug, historic winter retreat for intrepid families who trek in on skis or snowshoes. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Yes, You Should Move Your Family to Vermont," 20 June 2018 Wearing snug, flame-color dresses (Ann Hould-Ward is the costume designer), her hips rolling like waves in a gentle surf, Ms. Rose nails the contemptuous arrogance of the sexiest girl in a small town. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Bad Girl Makes Good in a Glorious ‘Carmen Jones’," 27 June 2018 Repotting: Aloe vera prefers snug, rather than roomy, conditions, so don’t rush to repot; but if the weight of the plant keeps tipping the pot over, it’s time to move up to a slightly larger pot. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "It's Incredibly Easy To Grow Healing Aloe Vera At Home—Here's How," 14 Apr. 2017 The adjustable hood cinched up snug and kept rain from trickling in while still providing enough peripheral vision to navigate the park’s tight, marshy channels. Outside Online, "The Best Summer Jackets of 2018," 15 May 2018 Of the $15,000 in options, the 18-way adaptive sport seats ($3,025) were especially comfortable, snug in turns but comfy while cruising. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Porsche 911 GTS is the quickest, fastest and most popular Carrera," 19 July 2017 And thanks to their signature snug, cradle-your-bottom cut, my backside never looked better (or more belfie worthy). Alice Bell, Vogue, "Becoming Meghan Markle: One Vogue Writer Puts Royal Fashion Protocol to the Test," 19 May 2018 The ladder-lock drawstring keeps the waistband snug, and the eight-inch inseam hits above the knee for unrestrained movement. Outside Online, "The Best Boardshorts of 2018," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of snug

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

History and Etymology for snug

Verb

snug entry 2

Adjective

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish snygg tidy

Noun

short for snuggery

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The first known use of snug was in 1583

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More Definitions for snug

snug

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of snug

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: fitting closely and often too tightly

: providing or enjoying warmth, shelter, and comfort

snug

noun

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

: a small private room in a pub

snug

adjective
\ˈsnəg \
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

Other Words from snug

snugly adverb

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