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First attested in 1687. snug +‎ -le (frequentative suffix); spelt with doubled ‘g’ to clarify pronunciation.


  • IPA(key): /ˈsnʌɡəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌɡəl


snuggle (plural snuggles)

  1. An affectionate hug.
  2. The final remnant left in a liquor bottle.



snuggle (third-person singular simple present snuggles, present participle snuggling, simple past and past participle snuggled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To lie close to another person or thing, hugging or being cosy.
    Sometimes my girlfriend and I snuggle.
    The surrounding buildings snuggled each other.
    The last drop of jager snuggled the corner of the pint.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit:
      And when the Boy dropped off to sleep, the Rabbit would snuggle down close under his little warm chin and dream, with the Boy's hands clasped close round him all night long.
  2. To move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cosy position.
    Tired but satisfied, the children snuggled into their sleeping bags.
    The pet dog snuggles into its new bed.



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