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adjective, snug·ger, snug·gest.
  1. warmly comfortable or cozy, as a place, accommodations, etc.: a snug little house.
  2. fitting closely, as a garment: a snug jacket.
  3. more or less compact or limited in size, and sheltered or warm: a snug harbor.
  4. trim, neat, or compactly arranged, as a ship or its parts.
  5. comfortably circumstanced, as persons.
  6. pleasant or agreeable, especially in a small, exclusive way: a snug coterie of writers.
  7. enabling one to live in comfort: a snug fortune.
  8. secret; concealed; well-hidden: a snug hideout.
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verb (used without object), snugged, snug·ging.
  1. to lie closely or comfortably; nestle.
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verb (used with object), snugged, snug·ging.
  1. to make snug.
  2. Nautical. to prepare for a storm by taking in sail, lashing deck gear, etc. (usually followed by down).
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  1. in a snug manner: The shirt fit snug around the neck.
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  1. British. a small, secluded room in a tavern, as for private parties.
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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

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Related Words for snugly

easily, adequately, snugly, well, agreeably, amply, pleasantly, warmly, cozily

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adjective snugger or snuggest
  1. comfortably warm and well-protected; cosythe children were snug in bed during the blizzard
  2. small but comfortablea snug cottage
  3. well-ordered; compacta snug boat
  4. sheltered and securea snug anchorage
  5. fitting closely and comfortably
  6. offering safe concealment
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  1. (in Britain and Ireland) one of the bars in certain pubs, offering intimate seating for only a few persons
  2. 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
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verb snugs, snugging or snugged
  1. to make or become comfortable and warm
  2. (tr) nautical to make (a vessel) ready for a storm by lashing down gear
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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 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).

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