Hug meaning

hŭg
The definition of a hug is when two people embrace with their arms.

An example of a hug is two friends saying goodbye by wrapping their arms around each other.

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To stay close to.

A sailboat hugging the shore.

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A close, affectionate embrace.
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To put the arms around and hold closely; esp., to embrace tightly and affectionately.
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To squeeze tightly between the forelegs, as a bear does.
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To clasp or embrace each other closely.
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A tight clasp or hold with the arms, as in wrestling.
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A bear's squeeze.
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(intransitive) To cling closely together.
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Billy hugged Danny until he felt better.

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To stay close to (the shore etc.)
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(figuratively) To hold fast; to cling to; to cherish.
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To clasp or hold closely, especially in the arms, as in affection; embrace.
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To hold steadfastly to; cherish.

He still hugs his outmoded beliefs.

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To embrace or cling together closely.
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A close, affectionate embrace.
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A crushing embrace, as in wrestling.
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To cling to or cherish (a belief, opinion, etc.)
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To keep close to.

To hug the shoreline in sailing.

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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”).

    From Wiktionary