Thesaurus

bear-hug

verb

Synonyms of bear-hug

to put one's arms around and press tightly
  • elated team members bear-hugging everyone in sight

Synonyms for bear-hug

Words Related to bear-hug

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bear-hug

Time Traveler for bear-hug

Time Traveler

The first known use of bear-hug was in 1846

See more words from the same year

Cite this Entry

“Bear-hug.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bear%20hug. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on bear-hug

Dictionary: Definition of bear-hug

Comments on bear-hug

What made you want to look up bear-hug? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!