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See synonyms for: hughuggedhugging on

verb (used with object),hugged, hug·ging.
  1. to clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection; embrace.

  2. to cling firmly or fondly to; cherish: to hug an opinion.

  1. to keep close to, as in sailing, walking, or in moving along or alongside of: to hug the shore; to hug the road.

verb (used without object),hugged, hug·ging.
  1. to cling together; lie close.

  1. a tight clasp with the arms; embrace.

Origin of hug

1560–70; perhaps <Old Norse hugga to soothe, console; akin to Old English hogian to care for

Other words from hug

  • hugger, noun
  • hug·ging·ly, adverb
  • un·hugged, adjective

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

How to use hug in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hug


/ (hʌɡ) /

verbhugs, hugging or hugged (mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to clasp (another person or thing) tightly or (of two people) to cling close together; embrace

  2. to keep close to a shore, kerb, etc

  1. to cling to (beliefs, etc); cherish

  2. to congratulate (oneself); be delighted with (oneself)

  1. a tight or fond embrace

Origin of hug

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse hugga to comfort, Old English hogian to take care of

Derived forms of hug

  • huggable, adjective
  • hugger, noun

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