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[snuhg-uh l]
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verb (used without object), snug·gled, snug·gling.
  1. to lie or press closely, as for comfort or from affection; nestle; cuddle.
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verb (used with object), snug·gled, snug·gling.
  1. to draw or press closely against, as for comfort or from affection.
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  1. the act of snuggling.
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Origin of snuggle

First recorded in 1680–90; snug + -le
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Related Words

huddle, nuzzle, hug, snug, bundle, nestle, spoon, burrow, grasp

Examples from the Web for snuggle

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Historical Examples

  • Having learned to snuggle, White Fang was guilty of it often.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Shall I talk to you, Scheherazade, or let you snuggle into the chaste arms of Morpheus?

    The Dark Star

    Robert W. Chambers

  • He let Sate get in too, and snuggle down right at their feet.

  • Everyone was tired and willing to snuggle down into their coats.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood

    Ruthe S. Wheeler

  • If I could be little and snuggle up to my mother as I imagine her to myself!

British Dictionary definitions for snuggle


  1. (usually intr; usually foll by down, up, or together) to nestle into or draw close to (somebody or something) for warmth or from affection
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  1. the act of snuggling
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Word Origin

C17: frequentative snug (vb)
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Word Origin and History for snuggle


1680s, frequentative form of snug. Related: Snuggled; snuggling. As a noun from 1901.

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