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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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 Get ready to spoon and snuggle with your spouse, partner or loved one all night long — a new study has found couples who sleep together in the same bed improve their dream stage of rest, known as rapid eye movement sleep. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Get better sleep by cuddling up with your partner," 25 June 2020 With a pulsing heartbeat and a heat pack, your dog can snuggle up next to this toy for some additional comfort. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "New dog? Here’s everything you’ll need to make your pup happy," 25 June 2020 The towels are made with 100% cotton with a velour finish for extra softness and might just become a favorite blanket for kids looking to snuggle up for a nap. Popular Science, "Best beach towels for the whole family," 23 June 2020 Often the two would snuggle in bed and turn on a movie, Ju’Niyah said. NBC News, "Breonna Taylor's legacy: Caring, 'super goofy' and a devoted paramedic," 8 June 2020 Sofas in the corner of the room convey the feeling of a living space to snuggle into. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Whatever it takes': Milwaukee taprooms are looking for ways to reopen smartly, and safely," 8 May 2020 Mom and sister snuggle and binge-watch terrible Netflix shows. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020 In the short videos, the family of three strolled along a corridor as Archie — dressed in light blue overalls from H&M and matching booties — was snuggled into his mother’s arms. Robyn Merrett,, "Meghan Markle Reveals Royal Tour Is Scheduled Around Baby Archie's Feeding Times: 'It's a Full Plate'," 1 Oct. 2019 Instead, hug and snuggle your cat as much as possible, as young as possible. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Make your rescue or foster pet a 'forever' friend," 15 May 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

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“Snuggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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