verb (used with object), hugged, hug·ging.
verb (used without object), hugged, hug·ging.
Origin of hug
Examples from the Web for hug
With help, he got to his feet, and when she hugged him he lifted his arms slightly as if to return the hug.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Kate sought me out and gave me a hug just before she left," said Mrs Smith afterwards to a reporter at the Daily Mail.Tearful Kate Weeps After Meeting Mother Whose Baby Died|Tom Sykes|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Fred stuck in the card for me that said, “Live from New York…” and gave me a hug.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star|Kevin Fallon|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Charlie Crist got thrown out of the party for one hug, after all.
He would pull her toward him, hug her, kiss her, and stroke her hair.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine|Alex Suskind|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He did not seem to "look out" particularly when he caught her to him in a hug into which she appeared charmingly to melt.T. Tembarom|Frances Hodgson Burnett
By this ring, Faunus, I do hug thee with most passionate affection, and shall make my wife thank thee.The Works of John Marston|John Marston
There's Barbara Lee, let's hug her—think how dreadful to have her go away.Highacres|Jane Abbott
I'd willingly ruin boxes of cigars if I had a daughter who'd hug me that way!Dorothy Dixon Wins Her Wings|Dorothy Wayne
And Dion had caught him up, given him a hug, whispered "My boy!"In the Wilderness|Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for hug
verb hugs, hugging or hugged (mainly tr)
Word Origin for hug
Word Origin and History for hug
1560s, hugge "to embrace," of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Norse hugga "to comfort," from hugr "courage, mood," from Proto-Germanic *hugjan, related to Old English hycgan "to think, consider," Gothic hugs "mind, soul, thought." Other have noted the similarity in some senses to German hegen "to foster, cherish," originally "to enclose with a hedge." Related: Hugged; hugging. The noun was originally (1610s) a hold in wrestling. Meaning "affectionate embrace" is from 1650s.