Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Comfortably sheltered; cozy.
  • adj. Small but well arranged: a snug apartment. See Synonyms at comfortable.
  • adj. Closely secured and well built; compact: a snug little sailboat.
  • adj. Close-fitting: a snug jacket.
  • adj. Nautical Seaworthy.
  • adj. Offering freedom from financial worry: a snug living.
  • adj. Safe; secure: a snug hideout.
  • transitive v. To make snug or secure.
  • intransitive v. To nestle; snuggle.
  • snug down Nautical To prepare (a vessel) to weather a storm, as by taking in sail or securing movable gear.
  • n. Chiefly British A very small private room in a pub.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. small, comfortable back room in a pub
  • adj. comfortable; cosy (cozy); satisfactory
  • adj. close-fitting
  • v. To make secure or snug.
  • v. To snuggle or nestle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Close and warm.
  • adj. Close; concealed; not exposed to notice.
  • adj. Compact, convenient, and comfortable.
  • n. Same as lug, n., 3.
  • intransitive v. To lie close; to snuggle; to snudge; -- often with up, or together.
  • transitive v. To place snugly.
  • transitive v. To rub, as twine or rope, so as to make it smooth and improve the finish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Trim; compact; especially, protected from the weather; tight; comfortable.
  • Fitting close, but not too close; of just the size to accommodate the person or thing contained: as, a snug coat; a snug fit.
  • Lying close; closely, securely, and comfortably placed or circumstanced: as, the baby lay snug in its cradle.
  • Close-concealed; not exposed to notice.
  • Cozy; agreeable owing to exclusion of disagreeable circumstances and persons; also, loosely, agreeable in general.
  • n. In machinery, a projection or abutment which holds firmly or binds by a wedge-like action another piece in contact with it, or which limits the motion of a part in any direction.
  • n. In a steam-engine, one of the catches on the eccentric pulley and intermediate shaft, by means of which the motion of the shaft is transmitted through the eccentric to the slide-valves.
  • Snugly.
  • To move so as to lie close; snuggle: often with up and to: as, a child snugs (up) to its bedfellow; also, to move so as to be close.
  • To make smooth and compact; in rope-manuf., to finish (rope) by rubbing down the fuzzy projecting fibers. Also slick and finish.
  • To put in a snug position; place snugly; bring or move close; snuggle: often reflexive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. offering safety; well protected or concealed
  • adj. enjoying or affording comforting warmth and shelter especially in a small space
  • adj. well and tightly constructed
  • n. a small secluded room
  • adj. fitting closely but comfortably

Etymologies

Of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish snygg, neat, trim.
Short for snuggery.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From dialectical English snug (tight, handsome), maybe from Proto-Norse *snaggwu-. Compare Icelandic snöggur (smooth), Old Danish snög (neat), Swedish snygg. (Wiktionary)

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  • Another name for a private bar.

    February 14, 2008