Meaning of SNUG in English


I. ˈsnəg adjective

( snugger ; snuggest )

Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish snygg tidy, neat, clean, Old Norse snöggr shorn, bald — more at novaculite


a. of a ship : manifesting seaworthiness (as in design, compactness, or arrangements) : adequately prepared for a voyage or especially for riding a storm : taut

soon all was snug aloft, and we were allowed to go below — R.H.Dana

a comparatively snug rigged vessel that could leave her three lower sails set in most weather — Rudder

b. : trim , neat , tidy — used especially of a person

a snug gentleman

c. : fitting closely but not tightly or uncomfortably : not loose or baggy

a snug coat

a snug fit

install bearing retainer by pressing it on until it is snug — H.F.Blanchard & Ralph Ritchen


a. : enjoying or affording warm secure shelter, safety from intrusion, and opportunity for placid ease and quiet contentment often in unpretentious quarters or quiet ways

his home … the snug haven to which his adventurous forebears retired at the end of their voyages — American Guide Series: Maine

a town that seems especially snug in winter — Richard Joseph

sit in the snug little parlor — Irish Digest

b. : at rest, warmly covered, and safe from cold

snug and warm under blankets and comforters — Willa Cather

the fisherfolk were all under thatch — G.W.Russell

c. : affording safe or protected anchorage

the sailboat enthusiast's paradise of snug harbors — R.W.Hatch

d. : compact, neat, orderly, and affording or suggesting comfortable sheltered ease or safe smoothness

snug little shops that once offered Cornhill the best soups and jellies — Rebecca West

a snug little commune intent on its own affairs — John Buchan

the street level was broken by three snug doorways — Harriet LaBarre

e. : marked by pleasant ease, conviviality, friendly intimacy or cordiality, and secure privacy

snug little dinners with old friends


a. : assuring or affording a degree of comfort and ease ranging from modest adequacy to gratifying ampleness

a snug little benefice, worth a hundred gold florins a year — Alan Moorehead

family influence had installed him in a snug ecclesiastical berth — H.O.Taylor

his brother made a snug fortune — Julian Dana

b. chiefly Irish : in comfortable financial circumstances : fairly well-to-do


a. : resorting to or offering safe concealment or a safe retreat

lie snug until the chase stops

a snug hideout

b. dialect : marked by or given to secretiveness or taciturn reticence

staying snug about the arrangement

Synonyms: see comfortable , neat

II. verb

( snugged ; snugged ; snugging ; snugs )

intransitive verb


a. archaic : to lie close : snuggle — often used with up or together

b. : to move along close to a confining line or surface

a horse snugging along the inner rail of the track


a. : to settle or lie down : nestle ; specifically : to go to bed

dragged the old buffalo hide out to the covered wagon again, snugged in the hay and pulled all the horse blankets over us — C.T.Jackson

b. : to put something in a condition to resist a storm or other onslaught (as by lashing down movables) — often used with down

with a good motor, one can snug down while approaching a harbor — H.A.Calahan

transitive verb

1. : to place in a snug or snuggled-up position : cause to fit closely

a belt that snugs the waist

snug the sole of a shoe to the upper

overcoat collars turned up and snugged close to our necks — S.H.Adams

she curled up … her head snugged between her shoulders — D.H.Lawrence

— often used with down

found his sons, snugged down in a lifeboat, pretending to be castaways — Archie Binns

2. : to make snug

push-up sleeves snugged by tiny buttons — Californian

tidy up the fields and garden and snug the place for winter — Hal Borland

— often used with down, in, or up

snugged the farm down for the winter — H.E.Giles

farmers … snugging themselves in for the winter — L.C.Douglas

children were snugged up in overcoats, mufflers, and mittens

3. : to put away snugly : hide

pick a pocket and snug it in a featherbed — W.B.Yeats


a. : to prepare (a ship) for a gale especially by reducing sail, lowering topmasts, or lashing down movables — usually used with down

b. : to put in a condition to resist a storm or other onslaught — usually used with down

snugging down her hatches for the long voyage — W.J.Granbert

move the aircraft to the parking place and snug it down for the night — Nevil Shute

5. : to rub (as twine or rope) so as to make smooth and improve the finish

III. adverb

: snugly , neatly

a coat that fits snug across the shoulders

in harbor, at night berthed snug — Thomas Wood †1950

IV. noun

( -s )

Britain : a small private room or a back room in a public house

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably alteration of snag (II)

1. obsolete : a jagged projection

2. : a projecting piece : lug ; especially : one forged under the head of a bolt in order to prevent rotation in screwing up the nut

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