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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And new breweries, like Stemma and Twin Sisters have found plenty of room to snuggle in with more established veteran spots like Kulshan, Wander, and Structures. Fortune, "Don’t Miss This Off-the-Radar Foodie Oasis on the Canadian Border," 15 Sep. 2019 With his large brown eyes and charming grin, Logan loves to snuggle and craves one-on-one attention from adults. Boys & Girls Aid, oregonlive, "Logan, 10, is playful, energetic and caring despite hardships: A Home of Their Own," 7 Sep. 2019 Sebastian dozed off immediately and then rolled over, in his sleep, so he was snuggled close, with his gangly arms draped over me. Jake Halpern, New York Times, "A Chance to Bond on a Perilous Hiking Trail in Iceland," 21 Aug. 2019 And while most parasites are content merely to snuggle into their animal host’s tissues, myxosporeans often take up residence inside a host’s own cells. Quanta Magazine, "Can New Species Evolve From Cancers? Maybe. Here’s How.," 19 Aug. 2019 The post included a black-and-white photo of the boy snuggled peacefully in a blanket. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Alanis Morissette announces birth of son," 12 Aug. 2019 Rebele nodded to her 2-month-old daughter Lennon, who was snuggled tightly against her chest. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Room bursts into applause as Arizona National Guard unit is welcomed home after nearly a year in Afghanistan," 29 June 2019 My husband snuggled her in his arms for her short lifetime. WSJ, "Two Other Thoughts on Late-Term Abortions," 7 Dec. 2018 Most kids snuggled under beige blankets, eyes locked on the screen. Chabeli Herrera,, "She’s the only Bahamian working on the hurricane relief cruise. It just reunited her with her family," 7 Sep. 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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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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