Snug (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Snug is a minor character from William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is a joiner who comes from Athens who is hired by Peter Quince to play the part of the lion in the play " Pyramus and Thisbe". When he is first assigned the part, he is afraid it may take him a while to finally remember his lines for it (even though the lion's role was nothing but roaring originally). Bottom offers to play the part of the lion (as he offers to play all other parts), but he is rejected by Quince, who worries (as do the other characters) that his loud and ferocious roar in the play will frighten the ladies of power in the audience and get Quince and all his actors hanged. In the end, the lion's part is revised to explain that he is in fact not a lion and means the audience no harm. This is a subtle reminder by Shakespeare that the mechanicals are not learned men.
Note: although the fear of roaring too loud was at first applied to Bottom, it seems to have settled into the players' minds, as they warn the ladies even when it isn't Bottom who plays the part in the end.
Like all Shakesperean characters, Snug is open to all manner of interpretation. Often he is played as a stupid man, a manner describing almost all of the Mechanicals. His lines are therefore delivered in sometimes a serious manner, or else a sarcastic manner (sarcasm in that Snug is making a joke about how easy the lines are "...for I am slow of study". In this manner, he is saying that the lines are so easy to memorize that it is almost insulting to say "memorize these"). He is also often played as being rather timid, especially when delivering his "roar".
Snug is the only Mechanical to whom the playwright did not assign a first name.
Snug can mean:
- Snug (piercing), a type of piercing
- Snug, Tasmania, a small town on the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, in the municipality of Kingborough in Tasmania
As a character, Snug can be
- Snug (A Midsummer Night's Dream), a character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
- A character in the webcomic Ugly Hill
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Snug \Snug\, a. [Compar. Snugger; superl. Snuggest.] [Prov. E. snug tight, handsome; cf. Icel. sn["o]ggr smooth, ODan. sn["o]g neat, Sw. snugg.]
Close and warm; as, an infant lies snug.
Close; concealed; not exposed to notice.
Lie snug, and hear what critics say.
Compact, convenient, and comfortable; as, a snug farm, house, or property.
Snug \Snug\, n. (Mach.) Same as Lug, n., 3.
Snug \Snug\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snugged; p. pr. & vb. n. Snugging.] To lie close; to snuggle; to snudge; -- often with up, or together; as, a child snugs up to its mother.
Snug \Snug\, v. t.
To place snugly. [R.]
To rub, as twine or rope, so as to make it smooth and improve the finish.
adj. offering safety; well protected or concealed; "a snug harbor"; "a snug hideout"
well and tightly constructed; "a snug house"; "a snug little sailboat"
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1590s, "compact, trim" (of a ship), especially "protected from the weather," perhaps from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse snoggr "short-haired," Old Swedish snygg, Old Danish snøg "neat, tidy," perhaps from PIE *kes- (1) "to scratch" (see xyster). Sense of "in a state of ease or comfort" first recorded 1620s. Meaning "fit closely" is first found 1838. Expression snug as a bug in a rug attested by 1769; earlier snug as a bee in a box (1706).
1 comfortable; cosy (cozy); satisfactory. 2 close-fitting. 3 Close; concealed; not exposed to notice. n. 1 (context British English) A small, comfortable back room in a pu
2 (context engineering English) A lug. vb. 1 To make secure or snug. 2 To snuggle or nestle.
Usage examples of "snug".
The disk pulled us towards it at twenty-one gee, the acceleration of the ship pulled us away from it at twenty gee, and we sat there in the middle at a snug and comfortable standard gravity.
When Alec had pulled the lacings snug, he carefully draped a gauzy wimple over his hair, binding it with a silk cord and arranging the folds to spread gracefully over his shoulders.
The ambient was quiet, the horses were snug in their den, the dark-eyed little girl with the lively curiosity was safely in her room.
As she entered the familiar channel between Amygdaloid Island and Belle Isle, and saw the ranger station snugged up safe from storms at the foot of the moss-covered cliff, she allowed herself one short dream of cholla cactus and skies without milky veils of moisture, of a sun with fire to it and food hotter even than that.
CHAPTER XIX RAIDERS BY NIGHT BRENDA SELWOOD was watching from a snug nest - the rocky opening of the Aureole mine shaft - with Jackie Althorn crouched beside her.
Over half an hour the sails were snugged, and the tired ship lumped along towards the north Kent coast, with Biter dwindling into the ruck of boats and ships converging on the estuary.
They busied themselves for half an hour with their people and the Deptford men in snugging the Biter for her dockyard work, until one of the clerks sought them out and bade them aft.
Lieutenant Kaye, instead of piling on, ordered Gunning quietly to shorten sail, and made as if to bring Biter to and snug her for the night.
Of the rest of the habitations, a few are stone sheds, but the greater part are huts made of the dry stalks of the fine herb called bou rekabah, in the form of a conical English haystack, and are very snug, impervious alike to rain and sun.
In a snug corner might be seen a party of sober, quiet-looking gentlemen, taking their lobster and bucellas, whose first appearance would impress you with the belief of their respectability, but whom, upon inquiry, you would discover to be Greek banditti, retired hither to divide their ill gotten spoils.
He made sure the G-12 caseless assault rifle was snug across his shoulders, then climbed effortlessly up the ladder.
Cloth ties could then be snugged around the cava above and below the injury, and a clamp applied to the other blood vessels supplying the liver.
Kinzer homestead, with its snug parlor and its cosey bits of rooms and chambers, seemed to nestle away, under the shadowy elms and sycamores, smaller and smaller with every year that came.
It starts out as a pallet of stacked cowhides cut so clean off the animals that they look like they could be put back on like snug jackets.
The Colonel and the Escapee, snug in a smoking compartment on the way to Khabarovsk, caught the echoes and found abashed smiles creeping across their faces.