- 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
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Examples from the Web for snugly
It was fascinating to see two multi-ethnic teams conform so snugly to national stereotype.Brazil and Colombia Bring the Ugly Game
July 4, 2014
Furthermore, the axles had to fit snugly inside the wheels' holes, but not too snugly — they had to be free to rotate.The Hardest Part of Inventing the Wheel? Not the Round Part.
March 15, 2012
If the fruit juices do not cover the ham then add some water; it really depends on how snugly your ham fits into the saucepan.Ham, Green Bean Casserole, Easy Trifle
The Daily Beast
December 23, 2008
I warrant they have arranged it all snugly over their beer—snugly, snugly, the rogues!'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
MacConnell took her hand and tucked it snugly under his arm.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
There it lay securely, snugly; and it looked very fresh and beautiful.What the Blackbird said
Mrs. Frederick Locker
Lying where he had placed her, snugly between the horses, Scott found Nan.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
I found it all snugly fenced in, and under good cultivation.Impressions of America
- 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 snugly
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).