\ 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 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, "The Survival Gear You Want When Things Go Wrong in the Backcountry," 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, "Low back and neck pain is costing us a fortune. Here's how to stop," 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, "The Survival Gear You Want When Things Go Wrong in the Backcountry," 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, "EDC Las Vegas Announces 2019 Lineup With Diplo, Martin Garrix, Alison Wonderland & More," 27 Mar. 2019 Keep those seatbelts snug, enjoy the remainder of the flight, and thank you for flying Air Niners! Scott Ostler,, "49ers’ Super Bowl flight hitting just a bit of choppy air," 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, "How to Hang a Rope Swing in Your Favorite Tree," 8 Aug. 2019 Unlike Linenspa’s Down Alternative Comforter, which is best sized up, Mellanni’s bedsheets fit true to size, securely snugging around a mattress. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "These $25 Bedsheets Have More Than 40,000 5-Star Amazon Reviews," 29 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The governor's order requires 6 feet between tables to retail social distancing, which creates a logistical challenge for a snug noodle shop with mostly communal seating. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan bars, restaurants to reopen June 8: Everything you need to know," 1 June 2020 The comfortably snug fit works best with thinner socks, which isn’t a problem because the boot has 200-gram 3M Thinsulate and a thermal insole that keeps the cold out while reflecting heat back toward your toes. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Winter is No Match for These Top-Performing Snow Boots," 16 Oct. 2019 The wraparound frames are snug and comfortable, and the shatter-proof lenses enhance detail and can easily transition from high to low light, all while providing 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Popular Science, "Great sports sunglasses for all outdoor activities," 14 May 2020 Face coverings should be snug and have multiple fabric layers, according to federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska continues to open, here’s what you can do to stay safe and healthy," 29 Apr. 2020 In the back is outdoor seating, snug and intimate from being fully enclosed on all sides. Soleil Ho,, "Azalina Eusope’s triumphant San Francisco restaurant is a tribute to mamak street food," 12 Mar. 2020 Other seasons were generally less fun and less wicked, but always plushly snug and requiring an umbrella as insurance against tears. Tom Gliatto,, "The Best TV Shows of the Decade, from Game of Thrones to Stranger Things," 23 Dec. 2019 The fit was too snug and the brand’s name was misspelled on the label. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "RealReal’s Biggest Hurdle Will Be Keeping It Real After IPO," 25 June 2019 The tender napes of powerful necks, snug little asses, and . . Katherine Dunn, The New Yorker, "The Resident Poet," 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No matter what your itinerary holds, the accommodations (log cabins with wood-burning fireplaces, charming lodge rooms, and inviting cottages) offer a snug respite. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "25 Resorts in the U.S. That Are Perfect for Families," 8 July 2020 These sheets come equipped with bands to keep them snug on any mattress without pulling up or wrinkling. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "10 things you didn't know you could get at Tempur-Pedic," 3 June 2020 That price includes a heated windscreen, a snug-fitting top with weathertight side curtains, and a heater. Don Schroeder, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1993 Caterham Super 7 Blends the Lightweight Purity of the Lotus 7 With A Modern Drivetrain," 28 June 2020 Simply loop the straps around your headrests and push the cover’s anchors into the space between cushions, and this clever invention will remain snug. Summer Cartwright,, "Chewy’s Huge Summer Sale Has So Many Good Deals on Pet Toys, Treats, and Food," 22 June 2020 Material is only one aspect of the mask — a snug fit is essential to a mask’s effectiveness. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "How to shop for face masks on Etsy, according to experts," 10 June 2020 Masks come with adjustable ear loops for a more snug fit. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "How to shop for face masks on Etsy, according to experts," 10 June 2020 These high-quality, one-size-fits-most Hedley & Bennett masks were designed with the aide of an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Cho, to provide a good seal in the form of a snug fit. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Need to buy a face mask? Here's where to find them on sale," 9 June 2020 Opt for a hoodie that’s your right size and provides a slightly snug fit. Shelby Hyde, Essence, "The Dos And Dont's Of Protest Clothing," 8 June 2020

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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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“Snug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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