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

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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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Treynet said, noting that snuggling up with board games can be just as entertaining as kayaking on a lake. Stephanie Cain, The Seattle Times, "Let’s get married! And go camping!," 13 Sep. 2018 And if the campfire is still going, heat some water, pour it into a heat-proof water bottle, and snuggle into your bag with it. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, "7 Tips to Survive Cold-Weather Camping," 14 Dec. 2015 And possible temptation to snuggle into something familiar when braving some time alone might be better for you. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "She really wants to see an old flame. Please talk her out of it.," 2 Jan. 2019 Customers are invited to lounge on the couches and read a book, or snuggle up with a Burrow blanket while listening to music coming from the Amazon Echo nearby. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Let people hang out in your store and watch TV.," 3 Oct. 2018 Mother and daughter both look at the camera, and then baby Stormi sweetly snuggles into Kylie's neck. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Snuggling with Baby Stormi in Her Instagram Stories Will Melt Your Heart," 25 Aug. 2018 Art and fashion snuggled up to each other last night under a big white tent at the Newport Art Museum’s pop art themed gala with a lot of help from guest artist Donald Robertson, DJ Mad Marj, and the sponsor Oscar de la Renta. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "The Newport Art Museum Hosts a Pop Art Gala," 22 July 2018 There’s a time and place for us snuggling up and watching movies. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Vanessa Lachey Shares Why She And Nick Lachey Made All New Christmas Traditions Together," 12 Dec. 2018 Hadid skipped the shore and instead snuggled up to a giraffe in a luxe athleisure look that consisted of a sports bra, gym shorts, and a Chanel belt bag. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How to Dress Like a Model on Vacation, From Bella Hadid to Emily Ratajkowski," 23 July 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 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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