\ 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


the farmhand snugged down in the hay and proceeded to go to sleep


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

By the time the second half began, there would be a blue haze snugged up against the ceiling. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Swaggy P’s blunt assessment: Warriors coach Steve Kerr rolls the best joint in the NBA," 12 July 2019 The only other important factor is the finger holes: Your fingers should feel snug in them, but not so snug that your thumb pops out on release instead of smoothly exiting the ball. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Want to Become an Excellent Bowler? Here's Everything You Need to Know.," 27 Nov. 2018 But where will the impact come from, particularly with the Steelers so snug against the cap? Peter King,, "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,, "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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There’s also a new visitor’s clubhouse, expanded before the season from one with a notably snug fit. Jack Mccarthy, The Mercury News, "Athletics fall short after late rally in loss to Cubs," 5 Aug. 2019 One is that an in-wheel motor’s components and wiring are exposed to the elements rather than being snug inside a vehicle’s body. The Economist, "A new type of engine for electric cars," 11 July 2019 Potential applications range from preventing the icing of aircraft wings by freezing rain to reducing the corrosive effects of brine from ocean spray—and even helping people stay snug and dry inside waterproof clothing. The Economist, "How to make a better raincoat with tiny “water bowls”," 4 July 2019 Wrap your dog in an Anxiety Wrap or Thundershirt, which are snug wearable products designed to comfort. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "July 4th: Fun for humans, hell for dogs," 28 June 2019 As the book opens, at the start of their second year at Warren, the other four of them are reunited in a snug little clique: a cooing, cuddling, pretty-pastel bunch of pampered child-women who address one another as Bunny. Laura Collins-hughes,, "In Mona Awad’s ‘Bunny,’ an M.F.A. program is the devil’s workshop," 27 June 2019 Nike Sport Research Lab data indicates that Flyknit hugging a boot's arch makes a player feel more secure, so a new Flyknit Fit Tunnel has been created for the Tiempo Legend 8 that provides a supportive, snug fit around the midfoot., "Photos: Nike Release New Tiempo Legend 8 With Headline Players Leah Williamson and Virgil van Dijk," 25 June 2019 The harness system includes a dial-to-fit system that provides a good snug fit and makes getting the helmet on and off easy. Cameron Martindell, WIRED, "Buying Guide: The Best Summer Cycling Gear," 13 June 2019 Small, snug, and unyoked from laptop or phone, AirPods are easy to wear for hours at a time, without a second thought. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The ʻAlapa Li come with an elastic lace weave that keeps them snug across the top of your foot, and eliminates the worry of laces getting caught in your chain. Cameron Martindell, WIRED, "Buying Guide: The Best Summer Cycling Gear," 13 June 2019 For nomikai, there’s no better experience than the Golden Gai, a series of six snug Shinjuku alleyways packed with more than 200 Barbie-size bars—four-stool watering holes, including maybe the world’s smallest karaoke bar. James Whitlow Delano, National Geographic, "Here’s your ultimate Tokyo itinerary," 25 Apr. 2019 In press material released at the shoe’s launch, Nike says George’s game requires a shoe with a super-snug supportive feel. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Sneaker Blowout Science: How Zion Williamson’s Nikes Came Apart," 22 Feb. 2019 Kristin Cavallari Cavallari is getting some extra snugs in before the clock strikes midnight. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How All Your Favorite Celebrities Celebrated New Year's Eve 2018," 31 Dec. 2018 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

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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

Other Words from snug

snugly adverb

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