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[snuhg-uh l]
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verb (used without object), snug·gled, snug·gling.
  1. to lie or press closely, as for comfort or from affection; nestle; cuddle.
verb (used with object), snug·gled, snug·gling.
  1. to draw or press closely against, as for comfort or from affection.
  1. the act of snuggling.

Origin of snuggle

First recorded in 1680–90; snug + -le
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  1. (usually intr; usually foll by down, up, or together) to nestle into or draw close to (somebody or something) for warmth or from affection
  1. the act of snuggling

Word Origin

C17: frequentative snug (vb)
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Word Origin and History for snuggle


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

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