\ 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

Other Words from snug


snug adverb
snugly adverb
snugness noun

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
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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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More Definitions for snug


\ 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, Hear My Cry
3 : offering protection or a hiding place a snug harbor

Other Words from snug

snugly adverb

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