Definition of hug in English:


Syllabification: hug
Pronunciation: /həg

verb (hugs, hugging, hugged)

[with object]
  • 1Squeeze (someone) tightly in one’s arms, typically to express affection: he hugged her close to him people kissed and hugged each other [no object]: we hugged and kissed
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    • He turned around to face her and she drew closer to him, hugging him tightly, kissing him on the cheek.
    • He hugged me tightly, kissed me and I'm sure he smelled my hair as he rubbed my back.
    • I smiled and squeezed the person that was hugging me affectionately.
    embrace, cuddle, squeeze, clasp, clutch, cradle, cling to, hold close, hold tight, take/fold someone in one's arms, clasp someone to one's bosom
  • 1.1Hold (something) closely or tightly around or against part of one’s body: he hugged his knees to his chest
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    • He hunched his legs up to his body and hugged them tightly to his chest as the night wind tore across him.
    • Angstrom pulls his legs up close to his body, hugging them tightly.
    • She quickly crawled against the railing and sobbed, grabbing her knees against her, hugging it tightly for comfort.
  • 1.2Fit tightly around: a pair of jeans that hugged the contours of his body
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    • She looked gorgeous in her whitewashed jeans and curve hugging soft pink sweater.
    • Jeans hugged at their hips, with a matching t-shirt, which only revealed a tiny bit of skin.
    • He tilted his head, admiring the view and the way her jeans hugged and pulled.
  • 1.3Keep close to: I headed north, hugging the coastline all the way
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    • We took Highway 1 along the spectacular Pacific coast south of Monterey, the road hugging close to the cliffside.
    • It includes two passes over the classic Whaanga Coast test, which hugs the Tasman Sea coastline and is rated by many as the best stage in the entire championship.
    • The Denver Universal Spaceport was right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, hugging the Colorado Island coastline.
    follow closely, keep close to, stay near to, follow the course of
  • 1.4 (hug oneself) Congratulate or be pleased with oneself: she hugged herself with secret joy
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    • ‘They're going to be so pleased,’ he thinks, hugging himself.
    • I ask kp if he'll be okay walking the red house way alone and he shrinks in his seat and hugs himself: ‘Do I look very vulnerable?’
    • She sits in a wooden chair and hugs herself as she recounts the woes that have overridden her simple life, and take away any sense of a future with even a small measure of security.
  • 1.5Cherish or cling to (something such as a belief): a boy hugging a secret
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    • He is proud of his ability to do this work by himself and tells about his day's routine — all the while hugging a secret that he will share with his family in the evening.
    • Alone on her mountain, Deanna is hugging a secret.
    cling to, hold on to, cherish, hold dear; harbor, nurse, foster, retain, keep in mind


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  • 1An act of holding someone tightly in one’s arms, typically to express affection: there were hugs and tears as they were reunited
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    • We go through the motions, the meaningless hugs, the tears, the constant apologies.
    • She stepped back from my hug whipping her tears from her face.
    • There had been tiffs and tears, hugs and kisses, but nothing so dramatic as what was to follow after most of them had left.
  • 1.1A squeezing grip in wrestling.
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    • The bear hug is a dominant position, with great control over the opponent, and is often a precursor to a takedown.
    • I will, for example grab my elder son around the neck and give him a wrestling hug but I will never do that with my daughters.



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  • Yet there are too many links in that chain, too many supply-and-demand issues going on here, to make this the kind of huggable issue that attracts celebrities.
  • That is not a formula for finding a beautiful wife, but a warm, huggable wife who might be pretty enough.
  • A year later, halfway through grade 12, promises of that vehicle arrived in the form of a concrete fortress squatting atop a mountain - the sterile yet huggable campus of Simon Fraser University.


mid 16th century: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian hugga 'comfort, console'.

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