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EtymologyEdit

From dialectal English snug (tight, handsome), maybe from Proto-Norse *snaggwuz. Compare Icelandic snöggur (smooth), Danish snög (neat), Swedish snygg.

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snug (comparative snugger, superlative snuggest)

  1. Warm and comfortable; cosy.
    I felt snug tucked up in my snug bed.
    • 1853, Melville, Herman, Bartleby, the Scrivener, in Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories, New York: Penguin Books, 1968; reprint 1995 as Bartleby, →ISBN, page 2:
      I am one of those unambitious lawyers who never addresses a jury, or in any way draws down public applause; but, in the cool tranquillity of a snug retreat, do a snug business among rich men's bonds, and mortgages, and title-deeds.
  2. Satisfactory.
    • 1853, Melville, Herman, Bartleby, the Scrivener, in Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories, New York: Penguin Books, 1968; reprint 1995 as Bartleby, →ISBN, page 2:
      I am one of those unambitious lawyers who never addresses a jury, or in any way draws down public applause; but, in the cool tranquillity of a snug retreat, do a snug business among rich men's bonds, and mortgages, and title-deeds.
  3. Close-fitting.
  4. Close; concealed; not exposed to notice.
    • Jonathan Swift:
      Lie snug, and hear what critics say.

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snug (plural snugs)

  1. (Britain) A small, comfortable back room in a pub.
  2. (engineering) A lug.

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snug (third-person singular simple present snugs, present participle snugging, simple past and past participle snugged)

  1. (transitive) To make secure or snug.
  2. To snuggle or nestle.
  3. (transitive) To make smooth.

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