An example of a hug is two friends saying goodbye by wrapping their arms around each other.
A sailboat hugging the shore.
He still hugs his outmoded beliefs.
To hug the shoreline in sailing.
Origin of hug
- Probably of Scandinavian origin Old Norse hugga to comfort
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From earlier hugge (“to embrace”) (1560), probably representing a conflation of huck (“to crouch, huddle down”) and Old Norse hugga (“to comfort, console”), from hugr (“courage”), from Proto-Germanic *hugiz (“mind, sense”), cognate with Icelandic hugga (“to comfort”), Old English hyge (“thought, mind, heart, disposition, intention, courage, pride”).