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[snuhg] /snʌg/
adjective, snugger, snuggest.
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.
verb (used without object), snugged, snugging.
to lie closely or comfortably; nestle.
verb (used with object), snugged, snugging.
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
1575-85; perhaps < Old Norse snøggr short-haired; cognate with Swedish snygg neat
Related forms
snugly, adverb
snugness, noun
unsnug, adjective
unsnugly, adverb
unsnugness, noun
4. tidy, ordered, orderly. 6. intimate, cozy. 9. cuddle, snuggle. 10. settle, arrange. 11. secure. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for snugged
Historical Examples
  • I said to Margaret, when the kites were snugged down and all yards trimmed on the wind.

  • Quickly she snugged the cloak in to cover the ugly thing she had looked upon.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • Lucky for the ship that she was snugged afore the storm busted.

    My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • It snugged tightly to shoulder and neck and made chuckling sounds.

    Master of the Moondog Stanley Mullen
  • Lucrèce snugged close to her soldier, and he gave her a playful kiss.

    A Dream of Empire William Henry Venable
  • The way we're fixed now makes things different, an' we'd better get her snugged down.

    A Runaway Brig; James Otis
  • So they snugged down by the window and tittered and watched and anticipated rare fun.

  • What hay is out is cocked and capped, snugged down to wait for fair weather.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • Miss Dane snugged up nice and close to Mr. Ingelow, and felt very comfortable indeed.

    The Unseen Bridgegroom May Agnes Fleming
  • Breck and I snugged ship for you and we have got a boy coming over tonight to see you about taking her back to Nantucket for you.

    The Camp Fire Girls on a Yacht Margaret Love Sanderson
British Dictionary definitions for snugged


adjective snugger, snuggest
comfortably warm and well-protected; cosy: the children were snug in bed during the blizzard
small but comfortable: a snug cottage
well-ordered; compact: a snug boat
sheltered and secure: a 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
verb snugs, snugging, snugged
to make or become comfortable and warm
(transitive) (nautical) to make (a vessel) ready for a storm by lashing down gear
Derived Forms
snugly, adverb
snugness, noun
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: prepared for storms (used of a ship)): related to Old Icelandic snöggr short-haired, Swedish snygg tidy, Low German snögger smart
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Word Origin and History for snugged



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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