air hug

[ air-huhg ]

  1. the gesture of extending one’s arms as if to embrace another person (used as a greeting or expression of affection without physical contact when a physical hug is not possible or not appropriate).

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to greet or express affection for (someone) in this way: With mask and gloves on, Nicole and I air hugged from a safe distance.

Origin of air hug

First recorded in 2005–10

Words Nearby air hug Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023