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[snuhg-uh l] /ˈsnʌg əl/
verb (used without object), snuggled, snuggling.
to lie or press closely, as for comfort or from affection; nestle; cuddle.
verb (used with object), snuggled, snuggling.
to draw or press closely against, as for comfort or from affection.
the act of snuggling.
Origin of snuggle
First recorded in 1680-90; snug + -le Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Having learned to snuggle, White Fang was guilty of it often.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Shall I talk to you, Scheherazade, or let you snuggle into the chaste arms of Morpheus?

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • He let Sate get in too, and snuggle down right at their feet.

  • Everyone was tired and willing to snuggle down into their coats.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • If I could be little and snuggle up to my mother as I imagine her to myself!

    The Last Days of Tolstoy

    V. G. Chertkov
  • The best thing to do was to draw the robe about him and snuggle down to sleep.

    Dreamy Hollow

    Sumner Charles Britton
  • Yet summoned on the most tremendous business For deliberation, still they snuggle in bed.

    Lysistrata Aristophanes
  • They toddle to the nurse and snuggle against her blue dress and white apron.

    The Valley of Vision Henry Van Dyke
British Dictionary definitions for snuggle


(usually intransitive; usually foll by down, up, or together) to nestle into or draw close to (somebody or something) for warmth or from affection
the act of snuggling
Word Origin
C17: frequentative snug (vb)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snuggle

1680s, frequentative form of snug. Related: Snuggled; snuggling. As a noun from 1901.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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