snug

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: snŭg, IPA(key): /snʌɡ/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌɡ

Adjective[edit]

snug (comparative snugger, superlative snuggest)

  1. Warm and comfortable; cosy.
    I felt snug tucked up in my snug bed.
    • 1849, Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton, The Caxtons: A Family Picture - Volume 1:
      Now, if in a stage coach in the depth of winter, when three passengers are warm and snug, a fourth, all besnowed and frozen, descends from the outside and takes place amongst them, straightway all the three passengers shift their places, []
    • 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.
    • 2021 April 23, Brad Linder, “PinePhone keyboard prototype transforms the Linux phone into a tiny Linux laptop”, in Linux Smartphones[1]:
      […] it does make it clear that adding the keyboard case to the PinePhone will more than double the thickness. You may still be able to slide the whole thing into your pocket, but it’s likely to be more of a snug fit than when using the phone on its own.
  4. Close; concealed; not exposed to notice.

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Noun[edit]

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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