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 kissedMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Hold (something) tightly around or against part of one’s body: he hugged his knees to his chestMore example sentences
- 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 round: a pair of jeans that hugged the contours of his bodyMore example sentences
- 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 left-winger Stewart hugged the touchline the car hugs the road, cornering neatlyMore example sentences
keep close to, stay near to, follow closely, follow the course of
- 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.
- 1.4 (hug oneself) Congratulate or be pleased with oneself: she hugged herself with secret joyMore example sentences
- ‘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 secretMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1An act of hugging someone: there were hugs and tears as they were reunitedMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
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- I yawned constantly, and yet could not sleep; I hugged myself imagining it was Harry's bear-like hug - such a brilliant hugger, often lifting me off my feet to stretch my backbone.
- We've become the therapeutic nation of huggers and fondlers.
- I'd pick out those I thought would be the exuberant huggers, the proper handshakers or the ones who never touch at all.
mid 16th century: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian hugga 'comfort, console'.