snug·​gle | \ˈsnə-gəl \
snuggled; snuggling\ˈsnə-​g(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of snuggle 

intransitive verb

: to curl up comfortably or cozily

transitive verb

1 : to draw close especially for comfort or in affection

2 : to make snug

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Other Words from snuggle

snuggle noun

Synonyms for snuggle


curl up, nestle, snug

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Examples of snuggle in a Sentence

The puppy snuggled up against the sleeping boy. The boy snuggled close to his mother. The dog snuggled its nose between the pillows. The baby snuggled his head against my chest.
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Better yet, spend the night at a local inn, which is likely snuggled up to a babbling brook or farmstead. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 When the gang is hanging out by the lake to celebrate Archie's final day of freedom, Betty snuggles up with Juggy (these two!) wearing a denim A+F romper. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Shop Betty Cooper's Riverdale Premiere Outfits for Under $30," 16 Oct. 2018 The question is directed to her 20-month-old son, Maddox, but Morgan isn't snuggled up beside her little boy. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "This Texas Organization Uses Books to Reconnect Female Prison Inmates With Their Children," 23 Aug. 2018 The Flip or Flop star and the British TV personality were caught snuggling up outside of a hotel in Hertfordshire, where Anstead is from. Megan Stein,, "Christina El Moussa and New Boyfriend Ant Anstead Look Smitten Outside Hotel in England," 22 Mar. 2018 The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee This lakeside retreat has two furry friends for guests to snuggle up to. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "17 Hotels Around the World With Pets in Residence," 25 July 2018 Jenner snuggled up to Stormi in the video as the little girl reached out and pulled her mother’s hair. Alexia Fernandez,, "Kylie Jenner Shares Sweet Kisses with Stormi Revealing Her 5-Month-Old Daughter's Pierced Ears," 12 July 2018 Under $20: Big, soft blankets for snuggling There's something so decadent about cranking up the AC in the dead of summer and hiding under a big, warm blanket. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "Here are the 5 best Amazon deals right now," 9 July 2018 Furman makes the gravy, and Council uses B’s lard to craft her famous buttermilk biscuits, sometimes stuffed with sticky cinnamon sugar and draped with icing, sometimes snuggled up against fried chicken or topped with homemade apple butter. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "The Unmistakable Bryan Furman, Georgia’s New King of Barbecue," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of snuggle

1687, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for snuggle

frequentative of snug entry 1

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The first known use of snuggle was in 1687

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English Language Learners Definition of snuggle

: to lie or sit close together in a comfortable position

: to place (something) close to or against someone or something


snug·​gle | \ˈsnə-gəl \
snuggled; snuggling

Kids Definition of snuggle

1 : to curl up comfortably or cozily : cuddle

2 : to pull in close to someone The baby snuggled against her mother.

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