Other Word Forms of Hug
Origin of Hug
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”).
Probably of Scandinavian origin Old Norse hugga to comfort
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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