\ 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 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,, "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 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 For years, Ultimate Ears has offered high-end in-ear headphones (known as monitors) that provide pristine audio playback thanks to a super-snug custom fitting process that requires a trip to an audiologist. Popular Science, "UE’s new headphones use an app and LEDs to create a truly custom fit," 1 Oct. 2020 Inside, the snug collection of trailer homes sat along a single lane. oregonlive, "Southern Oregon wildfire razes close-knit Latino community, thousands face housing crisis," 27 Sep. 2020 Aside from that, maternity underwear can offer belly support for those who prefer full coverage and a snug baby bump, along with space for hygiene products like postpartum pads. Erin Parker, Glamour, "The 11 Best Maternity Underwear, According to Cool Moms," 17 Sep. 2020 Instead of aborting, Hughes ordered the crew out of the area, slapped on his six-point harness—a process that, done correctly to be fully snug, takes around five minutes in a race car—and hit the launch button. David Howard, Popular Mechanics, ""Mad Mike" Hughes Rejected Science and Chased Fame. It Killed Him.," 30 Aug. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Helping keep the mass snug against Mother Earth is the FA flat-four. Car and Driver, "2013 Subaru BRZ First Drive," 18 Nov. 2020 Wicking away sweat and keeping you warm (and dry!), the pants have the perfect fit, offering a hard-to-achieve combination of snug but loose. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The warmest workout gear to keep you active this winter," 16 Nov. 2020 Made from soft, stretchy velour, these are the ultimate in comfort but are also snug-fitting to keep in heat. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "From flannel to fleece, the warmest pajamas you can live in until spring," 9 Nov. 2020 Dressed all in black — snug T-shirt, Harem pants — Chung looks more like a dancer than a techie, with her slender physique and expressive, delicate hands. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "Artist Sougwen Chung wanted collaborators. So she designed and built her own AI robots.," 5 Nov. 2020 The speed hooks have a narrow gap that made for a secure fit on account of the snug laces. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Winter is No Match for These Top-Performing Snow Boots," 5 Nov. 2020 Tension mounts until the reader, shuddering along with Watson, can’t help but wonder what’s happening back at snug old Baker Street. Eliza Mcgraw, WSJ, "Why This Sherlock Holmes Novel is Still a Deliciously Spooky Read," 29 Oct. 2020 Wrapped up in a snug sweater, leggings, and Nike trainers, J.Lo looked effortlessly chic, as always. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Displays Her Chic Fall Style During a Bike Ride with Twins, Emme and Max," 25 Oct. 2020 The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab found the best electric blankets to keep you cozy and snug this winter – plus, all of our picks are machine washable! Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "7 Best Electric Blankets to Keep You Warm and Cozy All Night Long," 1 Oct. 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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Last Updated

7 Oct 2020

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“Snug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 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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