\ 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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The snug fit does well to naturally block out external noises, too. Valentina Palladino And Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Ars picks its favorite tech gifts you can buy for under $50," 13 Nov. 2019 Upper Grant Avenue has a more pedestrian feel that draws locals to galleries and boutiques such as Paparazzi; jewelry and metal sculpture at Macchiarini Creative Design; and antique maps and prints in the snug confines of Schein & Schein. Christopher Reynolds,, "In San Francisco’s North Beach, pasta, poetry and a big helping of uncertainty," 27 Sep. 2019 Available in a variety of colors, the FlipBelt fits the bill, featuring a lightweight zipper pocket that goes all the way around the waist in slim, snug fit. NBC News, "19 best fitness gifts for people who (want to) work out," 5 Dec. 2017 Schmidt, who is married to Dinklage, has tailored her radically trimmed adaptation into a snug fit for the actor, with his combination of hard-charging physicality, sardonic wit and piercing intelligence. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cyrano': Theater Review," 8 Nov. 2019 That snug fit helps with noise isolation, and powerful drives inside each bud present you with an impressively wide soundstage. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Save $50 on the best true wireless earbuds," 7 Oct. 2019 Hug the gulf to continue to picturesque Galaxidi, with stout stone mansions, swaying palm trees and a snug harbor. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 The thinking is that the polyester-spandex material is snug enough to hold muscles in place and improve blood flow, but still stretchy enough to alleviate discomfort. Andrea Cheng, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Comfortable Brands to Wear on a Long-Haul Flight," 2 July 2019 The comfortably snug fit works best with thinner socks, which isn’t a problem because the boots have 200-gram 3M Thinsulate and thermal insoles that keep the cold out while reflecting heat back toward your toes. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Women's Hiking Boots for Any Outdoor Adventure," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves To keep pipes from freezing in an outside wall: 1. Leada Gore |, al, "Freeze warning in Alabama: How to protect your pipes from freezing, cold-weather safety tips," 12 Nov. 2019 Add caulking around the hearth and check the seal on the flue damper to make it as snug as possible., "Ask Angie’s List: How can I keep warm without using my heater?," 30 Oct. 2019 The snug, on-site Berber Museum provides some crowd relief with exhibits of colorful costumes and angular jewelry from the Moroccan tribe that inspired both Majorelle and YSL. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, "In Marrakesh, a secret garden to rival St. Laurent’s famed Jardin Majorelle," 1 Aug. 2019 Designed with a snug, comfortable fit, the headphones feature a special TriPort technology that offers crisp high sounds and natural lows. Kelsey Mulvey, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Save Up to $150 on Bose Headphones Today," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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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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1 Nov 2019

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“Snug.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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