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


cuddle, nestle, nuzzle

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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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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 Given the nature of the shy but docile animal, tours are typically more educational-heavy than snuggle-heavy. Grace Dickinson,, "Hang out with (and pet) pigs, alpacas, goats, and more at these farms and animal rescues near Philadelphia," 6 June 2018 Ptarmigan and sharptail, in particular, spend their nights snuggled beneath a insulating blanket of snow. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "In Interior Alaska, snow came late and then stuck around with a vengeance," 10 Apr. 2018 Of Cuban descent, the energetic dog named after Desi Arnaz licked, sniffed and snuggled against outstretched hands. Cheryl Higley,, "Man arrested on warrant, drunken driving charge: Avon Lake police," 4 Mar. 2018 How to Shut Down a Shitty Grindr Hookup Illustration by Megan Tatem Don't want to snuggle? Chris Azzopardi, GQ, "How to Shut Down a Shitty Grindr Hookup," 20 Apr. 2018 In other words, two aCaffVHHs join together, snuggling their caffeine molecule. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists use caffeine to control genes—and treat diabetic mice with coffee," 20 June 2018 While he was alarmed, the baby, Amanda, woke up, looked around and then snuggled back into her dad's chest. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What are the odds? This Greendale family has had 2 different homes struck by lightning," 20 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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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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