- warmly comfortable or cozy, as a place, accommodations, etc.: a snug little house.
- fitting closely, as a garment: a snug jacket.
- more or less compact or limited in size, and sheltered or warm: a snug harbor.
- trim, neat, or compactly arranged, as a ship or its parts.
- comfortably circumstanced, as persons.
- pleasant or agreeable, especially in a small, exclusive way: a snug coterie of writers.
- enabling one to live in comfort: a snug fortune.
- secret; concealed; well-hidden: a snug hideout.
- to lie closely or comfortably; nestle.
- to make snug.
- Nautical. to prepare for a storm by taking in sail, lashing deck gear, etc. (usually followed by down).
- in a snug manner: The shirt fit snug around the neck.
- British. a small, secluded room in a tavern, as for private parties.
Origin of snug
SynonymsSee more synonyms for snug on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for snugged
I said to Margaret, when the kites were snugged down and all yards trimmed on the wind.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
Quickly she snugged the cloak in to cover the ugly thing she had looked upon.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
Lucky for the ship that she was snugged afore the storm busted.My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3
William Clark Russell
It snugged tightly to shoulder and neck and made chuckling sounds.Master of the Moondog
Lucrèce snugged close to her soldier, and he gave her a playful kiss.A Dream of Empire
William Henry Venable
- comfortably warm and well-protected; cosythe children were snug in bed during the blizzard
- small but comfortablea snug cottage
- well-ordered; compacta snug boat
- sheltered and securea snug anchorage
- fitting closely and comfortably
- offering safe concealment
- (in Britain and Ireland) one of the bars in certain pubs, offering intimate seating for only a few persons
- engineering a small peg under the head of a bolt engaging with a slot in the bolted component to prevent the bolt turning when the nut is tightened
- to make or become comfortable and warm
- (tr) nautical to make (a vessel) ready for a storm by lashing down gear
Word Origin and History for snugged
1590s, "compact, trim" (of a ship), especially "protected from the weather," perhaps from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse snoggr "short-haired," Old Swedish snygg, Old Danish snøg "neat, tidy," perhaps from PIE *kes- (1) "to scratch" (see xyster). Sense of "in a state of ease or comfort" first recorded 1620s. Meaning "fit closely" is first found 1838. Expression snug as a bug in a rug attested by 1769; earlier snug as a bee in a box (1706).