snug

verb
\ 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

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 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, "How to Remove Rust From Your Older Tools," 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, "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, SFChronicle.com, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For instance, if your snow pants are too snug in the knees and hips, those bumps on the double black could be especially bruising. Outdoor Life, "Best Ski Pants: Top Ski Clothing For This Winter Season," 24 Feb. 2021 Lightweight socks are thin ski socks designed to fit into snug boots, which, of course, have their own included lining to keep you comfortable. Outdoor Life, "Best Ski Socks for Warm Toes and Top Control All Winter Long," 24 Feb. 2021 These warm shoes, which are often lined with an ultra-snug shearling or wool blend, have been around for ages, but have seen a major resurgence in 2020. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "You can get tons of UGGs on sale right now for the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale," 29 Dec. 2020 From snug pullovers to open-front shrugs, the trend has taken hold at fast-fashion brands and luxury retailers, alike, for a couple of reasons. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "2020’s Most Popular Trends Were As Peculiar As The Year Itself," 24 Dec. 2020 Homestead Market was jammed with carcasses, with deer and elk and bear, their meat packed in snug white bundles headed into lockers and freezers, their heads and hides being shipped off for mounting. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: An Improbable Elk Hunt," 6 Dec. 2020 And like its predecessor, the Yoyo2 is small enough to fit in tight spaces, from an airplane’s overhead compartment to the snug trunk of your classic Fiat rental in Tuscany. Stirling Kelso, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Foldable, Lightweight Strollers for Travel," 3 Dec. 2020 Tucci went viral during the coronavirus pandemic by demonstrating how to make a Negroni in a snug t-shirt, with a sultry voice. Esther Zuckerman, Town & Country, "How Stanley Tucci Became the Internet's Boyfriend," 11 Nov. 2020 Dress your baby in a warm and snug sleep-and play-outfit with this cute reindeer print on it. Erika Hardison, USA TODAY, "20 of the most adorable holiday outfits for kids," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fu designed Pepper’s bras to fit snug against the chest, solving the incredibly annoying issue of gaping at the sternum. Dale Arden Chong, Glamour, "Pepper Bra Review: Finally, a Bra That Actually Fits Small Boobs," 8 Apr. 2021 Elastic waistbands offer the most comfort due to the stretchy but snug material. Ana Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "The best plus-size skirt," 4 Apr. 2021 Even then, people like wedding planner Chanda Daniels may cling to their face coverings like snug-fitting talismans. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, "When will California lift its mask mandate? History says now is not the time," 3 Apr. 2021 The wide elastic waistband on the leggings is comfortable and snug without being constrictive, and the slim cut fits nicely under ski socks and doesn’t bunch in my boots. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Gear Our Editors Loved in March," 3 Apr. 2021 Some of the attachment locations required extra turns of the power drill and still weren’t snug enough, as indicated by black lines. Marcia Dunn, orlandosentinel.com, "Spacewalking astronauts prep International Space Station for new solar wings," 1 Mar. 2021 Some of the attachment locations required extra turns of the power drill and still weren't snug enough, as indicated by black lines. Marcia Dunn, Chron, "Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings," 28 Feb. 2021 Fit and finish are still exemplary, the back seat remains snug yet tolerable for a pair of six-footers, and the decent 26 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat is only one cube less than before. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Audi Q5 45 Refines a Proven Formula," 25 Mar. 2021 The igloos at Woods Hill Pier 4—Kristin Canty’s delightful restaurant on Boston Harbor—keep you snug and dry whatever the weather. Jeanne O'brien Coffey, Forbes, "An Igloo On Boston Harbor And Other Ways To Dine Out Safely In The Hub," 17 Mar. 2021

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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

Adjective and Verb

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish snygg tidy

Noun

short for snuggery

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“Snug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snug. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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)

British : a small private room in a pub

snug

adjective
\ 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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