- 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
Related Words for huggedwelcome, love, enfold, seize, press, lock, clinch, envelop, nestle, cuddle, embrace, cradle, cherish, grasp, retain, nurse, squeeze, receive, clasp
Examples from the Web for hugged
Contemporary Examples of hugged
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
Ali walked up and hugged Gil, and the pair discussed music and racism and current events before a rapt audience.‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
Yet I was hugged, inundated with compliments, and told how strong I was for being on the receiving end.My ‘Kink’ Nightmare: James Franco’s BDSM Porn Documentary ‘Kink’ Only Tells Part of the Story
August 30, 2014
We felt strong and empowered and hugged each other in celebration and recognition of our emotional and physical accomplishments.Motherless Daughters and Parentless Parents Trek to the Andes to Aid Orphans
August 21, 2014
I deliberately made sure I was hugged separately from my wife.Patted Down by India’s Hugging Saint
July 20, 2014
Historical Examples of hugged
She ran to him and put her arms about him and hugged him and cried over him.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Dogs are made to be hugged and coddled and given the best cushion in the boat.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The epithet "hugged in," which Hetty had used, was the very phrase to best convey it.Hetty's Strange History
He hugged and embraced me, trying to overcome my resistance.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
She broke out into a little scream, and hugged him tightly round his neck.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
- (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 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.