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 The family of four is always out on adventures, traveling to Portugal, catching some rays at the beach, or snuggling up at home. Megan Stein, Country Living, "NCIS: LA Star Daniela Ruah and Her Husband David Paul Olsen Met in Such an Unlikely Way," 8 Sep. 2019 The latest series of the television show Love Island is over, with Amber and Greg now snuggling up as the most recent winners—at least until the winter version starts in January 2020. Rebecca Woods, Quartz, "The linguistic case for using the word “like” all the time," 28 Aug. 2019 By the time the clock strikes 11 p.m., the rustling has quieted, the restlessness has ended and everyone is seemingly snuggled up comfortably, with one exception. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Paradise High football program finds healing among the ashes of the Camp fire," 19 Aug. 2019 After all, the fifth episode wrapped with Rue snuggling up to Jules in bed and Jules looking very stressed out about it. Samantha Sasso,, "Twitter Can't Stop Talking About Rue & Jules' Matching Tattoos On Euphoria," 15 July 2019 Reynolds shared a photo of him snuggling up with Lively with wide grins on their faces. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Just Shared the Sweetest PDA Picture on Instagram," 15 Apr. 2019 Like howling, licking up peanut butter, and comfy chairs for snuggling in. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Glezman's Dogs Have More Social Media Game Than I Do," 28 Mar. 2019 My son, bundled for our early morning quest, was sleeping snuggled in the baby carrier strapped to my chest. Beth Spotswood,, "Doomed on a quest to spot Bay Area shipwrecks," 4 Sep. 2019 Now, as my boys snuggle up in her handiwork, I’m struck by how these keepsakes act as a bridge between then and now. Amy Paturel, Washington Post, "Why we keep the memory of my husband’s late wife alive for our children," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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5 Nov 2019

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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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