Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To lie or press close together; cuddle.
  • intransitive verb To curl up closely or comfortably; nestle.
  • intransitive verb To draw close or hold closely, as for comfort or in affection; hug.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To move one way and the other to get close to something or some one; lie close for warmth or from affection; cuddle; nestle.
  • To bring close for comfort or for affection; cuddle; nestle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To move one way and the other so as to get a close place; to lie close for comfort; to cuddle; to nestle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An affectionate hug.
  • noun The final remnant left in a liquor bottle.
  • verb transitive, intransitive To lie close to another person or thing, hugging or being cosy.
  • verb To move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position.

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

  • verb move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
  • verb position comfortably
  • noun a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace

Etymologies

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

[ Frequentative of snug.]

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

Examples

  • When my six year old, who loves to "snuggle", is 26 I hope I have other ways to show her how much I love her.

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  • He requires more energy than * I* possess, the charm of his snuggle is pretty dang irresistible ♥

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  • Or "Middle East in snuggle-fit over photos of little boy feeding a duck."

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  • Still another explanation for the appeal or horror movies may be the so-called "snuggle theory."

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  • The foster mom says, "At night she sleeps in her bed at the foot of our bed, but sometimes likes to sneak a snuggle or two right before my husband and I go to bed." nancycunderwood@gmail.com.

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  • I will want to "snuggle" with her too if she wants, but at 26 hugs, kisses and other ways will work.

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  • As for the snuggling, when my eyes roll back and foam starts appearing at my mouth, that's usually a cue the 'snuggle' part might be over.

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  • It isn't until at least 47 days when brain waves can first be detected that the embryo has developed enough to even begin imagining a "snuggle", and even then it's a stretch.

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  • It isn't until at least 47 days when brain waves can first be detected that the embryo has developed enough to even begin imagining a "snuggle", and even then it's a stretch.

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