Definition of snug in English:


Syllabification: snug
Pronunciation: /snəg

adjective (snugger, snuggest)

  • 1Comfortable, warm, and cozy; well protected from the weather or cold: she was safe and snug in Ruth’s arms a snug cottage
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    • Jake's soft against me, pulled up, and I've leant my head against his chest and his arm's round me and it's comfortable and snug and warm, and nice.
    • They all made themselves comfortable inside their snug and warm sleeping bags.
    • Still, once a fire is crackling, it is a warm, snug shelter.
    cozy, comfortable, warm, welcoming, restful, reassuring, intimate, sheltered, secure
    informal comfy
  • 1.1 archaic (Of an income or employment) allowing one to live in comfort and comparative ease.


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  • A small, comfortable public room in a pub or inn.
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    • The main bar greets you and you can enjoy your drink down by the fireplace or in one of its comfortable snugs.
    • It's such an unusual shape, with nooks and crannies and little attic bedrooms here and little snugs there.
    • We pass on, pausing only a couple of times for me to bump my head on bits of metal protruding from various ladders, down into a room that looks like the snug of a golf-club bar.

verb (snugs, snugging, snugged)

[with object] chiefly North American Back to top  
  • 1Place (something) safely or cozily: she tucks him in, snugging the blanket up to his chin
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    • He laughs, snugging his cap down over his monk's coif of graying hair.
    • We hike back to the boat, snug our life jackets, and push off, the first set of waves and holes going by almost without my notice.
    • Thread the tube on and off a few times without snugging it down to make sure it's spinning down fully where it should.
  • 1.1 [no object] Settle comfortably and cozily: the passengers snugged down among the cargo
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    • I was also wearing the toastiest socks on God's Green Earth and I had brought down the spare duvet under which I was intending to snug down for the long haul.
    • Maxine stirred, yawned, rolling over and snugging up against me, her breasts pressing against my side and an arm draped over my chest.
    • I woke late the next morning snugged warmly in Scott's bed… without Scott.


snug as a bug (in a rug)

humorous In an extremely comfortable position or situation.
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  • It will give you a way of running away from life, to dream, to be comfortable… snug as a bug in a rug.
  • Immersed in the wrap, I was as snug as a bug in a rug and it was it hard to believe how quickly the 20 minutes passed when the therapist removes you from your cocoon.
  • Unbelievably for me I failed to put my foot through the ceiling, or fall through the loft hatch, or step on any water pipes, and every winter we are as snug as a bug in a rug.



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  • The bold black facade is set off in golden letters on the front of a pub which is snugly situated in Bundoran's Golden Mile.
  • The same piece can reside snugly between my teeth for up to 7 hours, considering I don't eat or drink much during this.
  • Star has some fetching pajama suits for men and women in snugly warm fabric with appliquéd cartoon characters.


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  • I've been having some frighteningly faultless sleep recently - a rare fusion of pleasant dreams, the all over body relaxation you normally only get after a long bath the night before and a general feeling of snugness as I wake.
  • I've now discovered that they fit perfectly again without the slightest feeling of snugness.
  • The results fit with quite incredible snugness.


late 16th century (originally in nautical use in the sense 'shipshape, compact, prepared for bad weather'): probably of Low German or Dutch origin.

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