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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snuggle noun

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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 As Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, said in a message to the young cub, Chinese and American panda lovers alike have delighted in watching him teeth, roll and snuggle up to his mother. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The National Zoo's baby panda has a name, and it means 'little miracle'," 23 Nov. 2020 There will be no in-person audience allowed for the Nov. 22 event, but families can snuggle up at home and enjoy the parade on TV or the Parade of Lights’ Facebook and YouTube pages. Dallas News, "Holiday parades, virtual and in-person, welcome Santa to North Texas," 19 Nov. 2020 Jack was a one-year-old chocolate Lab, rescued from a family that had tired of his energy, and who neglected to disclose his extreme desire to snuggle after rolling in a moose carcass. Outdoor Life, "Why I Pick the Most Energetic Puppy in a Litter of Bird Dogs," 17 Nov. 2020 This 70% baby alpaca wool jumper is the perfect piece to snuggle up in on chilly days. Alexandra Polk,, "Shhh, This 24-Hour Entireworld Discount Is Just For YOU," 16 Nov. 2020 And now, here come shorter days and chilly weather—something that’s bound to make children want to snuggle indoors more. Heather E. Schwartz, National Geographic, "Don’t let the pandemic keep kids from going outside in chilly weather," 12 Nov. 2020 An outdoor blanket to snuggle up with Taking a blanket to a restaurant may sound weird but hear us out—this one, which has over 1,000 glowing reviews, is waterproof on one side and soft and fleecy on the other. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "10 things that will keep you warm while dining outside this fall and winter," 28 Oct. 2020 However, an older pet is calmer, usually housebroken and just looking for a warm lap to snuggle into. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Take in a senior pet this month," 7 Nov. 2020 For the one who likes to snuggle: This cozy blanket There are multiple blankets in this gift guide, and it’s not an accident! Liv Birdsall, USA TODAY, "The 40 best gifts to buy from Wayfair," 5 Nov. 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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Last Updated

28 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snuggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 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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