[snuhg-uh l]

verb (used without object), snug·gled, snug·gling.

to lie or press closely, as for comfort or from affection; nestle; cuddle.

verb (used with object), snug·gled, snug·gling.

to draw or press closely against, as for comfort or from affection.


the act of snuggling.

Origin of snuggle

First recorded in 1680–90; snug + -le Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for snuggle

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

Examples from the Web for snuggle

Contemporary Examples of snuggle

Historical Examples of snuggle

  • 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



(usually intr; usually foll by down, up, or together) to nestle into or draw close to (somebody or something) for warmth or from affection


the act of snuggling

Word Origin for snuggle

C17: frequentative snug (vb)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for snuggle

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper