Origin of snug

1575–85; perhaps < Old Norse snøggr short-haired; cognate with Swedish snygg neat
Related formssnug·ly, adverbsnug·ness, nounun·snug, adjectiveun·snug·ly, adverbun·snug·ness, noun

Synonyms for snug

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Examples from the Web for snugger

Historical Examples of snugger

  • Snugger they'd be by far in Stirling Lodge than here, I'll warrant.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • A snugger and more comfortable place it would have been hard to find.

    The Secret Wireless

    Lewis E. Theiss

  • I wish we were in a snugger berth, where we could moor ship—that I do.

    The Three Lieutenants

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • We set to work to make the Hut, if anything, safer and snugger.

  • I came to ask you to come down into my bed, but it is snugger here.

    Desperate Remedies

    Thomas Hardy

British Dictionary definitions for snugger


adjective snugger or snuggest

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

verb snugs, snugging or snugged

to make or become comfortable and warm
(tr) nautical to make (a vessel) ready for a storm by lashing down gear
Derived Formssnugly, adverbsnugness, noun

Word Origin for snug

C16 (in the sense: prepared for storms (used of a ship)): related to Old Icelandic snöggr short-haired, Swedish snygg tidy, Low German snögger smart
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Word Origin and History for snugger



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).

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