snug·​gle | \ ˈsnə-gəl How to pronounce snuggle (audio) \
snuggled; snuggling\ ˈsnə-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce snuggle (audio) \

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

Other Words from snuggle

snuggle noun

Synonyms for snuggle


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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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Recent Examples on the Web What could be better than a roundup of the best documentaries to snuggle on the couch and watch this weekend? Jean Chen Smith, The Enquirer, 17 Dec. 2021 In the picture, Thomas Rhett and Akins snuggle up to their four daughters, Willa Gray, 6, Ada James, 4, Lennon Love, 21 months, and Lillie, who are all dressed in matching Christmas pajamas. Georgia Slater,, 3 Dec. 2021 Christmas Coffeehouse: Songs to snuggle up with a cup of coffee. Lincoln Wright, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Dec. 2021 Winter is soon arriving, and cold weather provides the perfect opportunity to snuggle under a blanket for hours and stream your favorite TV shows and movies. Sarah Toscano,, 16 Nov. 2021 These have become one of my favorite sets of sheets to snuggle up in. Amy Schulman,, 8 Sep. 2021 For the ultimate warmth, snuggle up in a teddy coat this season. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2021 Use it to snuggle up in the car or perhaps for that aforementioned picnic with the Matador Pocket Blanket. Christina Liao, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 Find a good spot at home, grab your blanket and snuggle up with some silly and spooky stories. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 15 Oct. 2021

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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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9 Jan 2022

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“Snuggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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 : nestle


snug·​gle | \ ˈsnə-gəl How to pronounce snuggle (audio) \
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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