- warmly comfortable or cozy, as a place, accommodations, etc.: a snug little house.
- fitting closely, as a garment: a snug jacket.
- more or less compact or limited in size, and sheltered or warm: a snug harbor.
- trim, neat, or compactly arranged, as a ship or its parts.
- comfortably circumstanced, as persons.
- pleasant or agreeable, especially in a small, exclusive way: a snug coterie of writers.
- enabling one to live in comfort: a snug fortune.
- secret; concealed; well-hidden: a snug hideout.
- to lie closely or comfortably; nestle.
- to make snug.
- Nautical. to prepare for a storm by taking in sail, lashing deck gear, etc. (usually followed by down).
- in a snug manner: The shirt fit snug around the neck.
- British. a small, secluded room in a tavern, as for private parties.
Origin of snug
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Examples from the Web for snug
We sit in the snug upstairs, drinking red wine and avoiding the storms raging outside.The Great Valentine’s Day Hangover
February 15, 2014
It was a few weeks before Christmas but not all creatures were snug in bed.Brunello’s King Lear: Gianfranco Soldera Reflects on the Attack on His Wine
December 8, 2013
Eating turkey and pie in their home districts, no doubt, snug by the fire as visions of spending cuts dance in their heads.Why Obama Fled His Hawaii Vacation in Shadow of the Fiscal Cliff
December 27, 2012
The thick plastic black box, the size of a pack of cigarettes, is snug up against his tiny ankle.Fashion's Night In
September 11, 2009
And great men set out from port in conditions that keep lesser men—such as myself—safe and snug on shore.Remembering William F. Buckley, a Year Later
February 22, 2009
Shall get to Ostend, or Rotterdam, safe and snug; thence to Paris.
And when you told me about the marriage, did not I say that I saw our way to a snug thing for life?
There was the little house, white as paint could make it, and snug in bowering foliage.Tiverton Tales
I feel as if there would be nothing so snug and comfortable as to die at once.'The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
It wouldn't be bad to keep a chance like this snug in the family.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
- comfortably warm and well-protected; cosythe children were snug in bed during the blizzard
- small but comfortablea snug cottage
- well-ordered; compacta snug boat
- sheltered and securea snug anchorage
- fitting closely and comfortably
- offering safe concealment
- (in Britain and Ireland) one of the bars in certain pubs, offering intimate seating for only a few persons
- engineering a small peg under the head of a bolt engaging with a slot in the bolted component to prevent the bolt turning when the nut is tightened
- to make or become comfortable and warm
- (tr) nautical to make (a vessel) ready for a storm by lashing down gear
Word Origin and History for snug
1590s, "compact, trim" (of a ship), especially "protected from the weather," perhaps from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse snoggr "short-haired," Old Swedish snygg, Old Danish snøg "neat, tidy," perhaps from PIE *kes- (1) "to scratch" (see xyster). Sense of "in a state of ease or comfort" first recorded 1620s. Meaning "fit closely" is first found 1838. Expression snug as a bug in a rug attested by 1769; earlier snug as a bee in a box (1706).