- to clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection; embrace.
- to cling firmly or fondly to; cherish: to hug an opinion.
- to keep close to, as in sailing, walking, or in moving along or alongside of: to hug the shore; to hug the road.
- to cling together; lie close.
- a tight clasp with the arms; embrace.
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
December 13, 2014
"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
November 25, 2014
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
October 31, 2014
Charlie Crist got thrown out of the party for one hug, after all.John Kasich’s Unforgivable Truth About Obamacare
October 21, 2014
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
October 14, 2014
And then Mike came tearing up and gave him a hug and a pat on the back.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
If he be the man I take him for, he must hug an obstacle to his heart as a Heaven-sent gift.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
Should they not hug their pillow as the friend of their bosom?Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
He became greatly alarmed, and got rid of his sister's hug definitely.A Set of Six
There's Barbara Lee, let's hug her—think how dreadful to have her go away.Highacres
- (also intr) to clasp (another person or thing) tightly or (of two people) to cling close together; embrace
- to keep close to a shore, kerb, etc
- to cling to (beliefs, etc); cherish
- to congratulate (oneself); be delighted with (oneself)
- a tight or fond embrace
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.