Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To lie or press close together; cuddle.
  • intransitive v. To curl up closely or comfortably; nestle: snuggled happily under the covers.
  • transitive v. To draw close or hold closely, as for comfort or in affection; hug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • v. move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position
  • v. position comfortably
  • n. a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace

Etymologies

Frequentative of snug1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1687. snug +‎ -le (“frequentative”); spelt with doubled ‘g’ to clarify pronunciation. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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

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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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  • Bedding allows the animal to "snuggle" into it and lowers the body surface area exposed to the wind.

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  • Now all we have is stupid pop culture jokes, constant horrible celebrity cameos, lot's of 'winks to camera', completely unsubtle political cracks, and lots of Marge using the word "snuggle" instead of "sex" (as if anyone would think that's funny).

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