snug

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

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snug (plural snugs)

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

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snug (comparative snugger, superlative snuggest)

  1. comfortable; cosy (cozy); satisfactory
    • 1853, Melville, Herman, Bartleby, the Scrivener, in Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories, New York: Penguin Books, 1968; reprint 1995 as Bartleby, ISBN 0146000129, 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. close-fitting
  3. Close; concealed; not exposed to notice.
    • Jonathan Swift
      Lie snug, and hear what critics say.

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

  1. To make secure or snug.
  2. To snuggle or nestle.

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