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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
bear hug
give sb a big hug/kiss
▪ Mama gave me a big hug.
hug the coast (=follow it very closely)
▪ A small railway hugs the coast.
▪ Jimmy had dropped to his knees and was hugging his head, when the noise suddenly snapped out of existence.
▪ When Blue Beard returns, he falls to his knees and hugs his wife.
▪ ""I'll never forget you,'' she said, and we hugged each other for the last time.
▪ A row of tiny feeding fish were hugging the rock surface where I stood.
▪ After Dunseverik, the path hugs the clifftop near Brebane Head.
▪ Gray whales hug the west coast as they move south.
▪ Jane threw her arms around him and hugged him tight.
▪ My father hugged me affectionately when I got home.
▪ The new road will stretch from Barcelona to the Adriatic, hugging the Mediterranean coast.
▪ They hugged one last time before Renata got into the car and drove off.
▪ Diana Dors, the secret object of the young policeman's desire, hugged Michael long and hard.
▪ Folly broke away. ` I shouldn't be hugging you, Jack.
▪ Maisha is so proud she hugs him twice.
▪ She hugged me, and my heart flew into hers.
▪ She felt to hug him but was afraid to hurt; like a fragile bird, this new scrawny Rab.
▪ She laid her cheek contentedly against his chest, and hugged him back.
▪ While we were there, Anna Mae came in-she was real happy to see us, hugging everybody.
▪ He gave the Bookman a big hug and hoped they would be friends for a long, long time.
▪ And only Ted gives those big, breath-squeezing hugs.
▪ Then, as he opened the door, she'd be picked up in a big hug.
▪ Enid: I would just give them a big hug and tell them not to be silly.
▪ I give her a big hug, and go home.
▪ She gives Tamika a big hug.
▪ To her mind, Lucy looked like she could do with a huge warm hug.
▪ Christine emerged from the ring to a bear hug from her father.
▪ In this climate, a down-home bear hug and attendant back slapping probably wouldn't go amiss.
▪ I put my arm round him and gave him a hug just like that.
▪ At the door, I gave him a friendly hug, but he held on for longer.
▪ The hint was clear, so I thanked Ellie, called Janir to give him a hug and followed Michael outside.
▪ Enid: I would just give them a big hug and tell them not to be silly.
▪ Her head buried in her lap, one distressed victim is given a reassuring hug from a concerned friend.
▪ I came over to give him a hug and noticed a cigarette still burning in the ashtray on the desk.
▪ Give me a hug, then it's time for bed.
▪ His arms tightened around her in a bear hug.
▪ For the next hour our hugs and tears occupied all my attention-but none of that was seen by the public.
▪ Gracie Mae, he says, coming up to give me a hug.
▪ He gave the Bookman a big hug and hoped they would be friends for a long, long time.
▪ In all his life, he had never had such a hug.
▪ My warmest wishes to everyone in the family, and a special hug for Penny.
▪ No older person should ever ask you to keep a kiss, hug or touch, secret.
▪ Now he found himself playing Kaa, the deaf snake known for the power of his hug.
▪ Your daughter may need a hug, your son a congratulatory handshake, or vice versa.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hug \Hug\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Hugged; p. pr. & vb. n. Hugging.] [Prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. sidde paa huk to squat, Sw. huka sig to squat, Icel. h?ka. Cf. Huckster.]

  1. To cower; to crouch; to curl up. [Obs.]

  2. To crowd together; to cuddle. [Obs.]


Hug \Hug\, v. t.

  1. To press closely within the arms; to clasp to the bosom; to embrace. ``And huggen me in his arms.''

  2. To hold fast; to cling to; to cherish.

    We hug deformities if they bear our names.

  3. (Naut.) To keep close to; as, to hug the land; to hug the wind.

    To hug one's self, to congratulate one's self; to chuckle.


Hug \Hug\, n. A close embrace or clasping with the arms, as in affection or in wrestling.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, hugge "to embrace," of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Norse hugga "to comfort," from hugr "courage, mood," from Proto-Germanic *hugjan, related to Old English hycgan "to think, consider," Gothic hugs "mind, soul, thought." Other have noted the similarity in some senses to German hegen "to foster, cherish," originally "to enclose with a hedge." Related: Hugged; hugging. The noun was originally (1610s) a hold in wrestling. Meaning "affectionate embrace" is from 1650s.


n. An affectionate close embrace. vb. 1 (context intransitive obsolete English) To crouch; huddle as with cold. 2 (context intransitive English) To cling closely together. 3 (context transitive English) To embrace by holding closely, especially in the arms. 4 (context transitive English) To stay close to (the shore etc.)

  1. v. hug, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please"; "They embraced" [syn: embrace, bosom, squeeze]

  2. fit closely or tightly; "She dress hugged her hipds"

  3. [also: hugging, hugged]

  1. n. a tight or amorous embrace; "come here and give me a big hug" [syn: clinch, squeeze]

  2. [also: hugging, hugged]


A hug is a form of physical intimacy, universal in human communities, in which two or more people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely. If more than two persons are involved, this is informally referred to as a group hug.

Hug (surname)

Hug is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Alexander Hug (ski mountaineer) (born 1975), Swiss ski mountaineer
  • Alexander Hug (rugby player) (born 1984), German rugby union player
  • Alfons Hug (born 1950), German curator
  • Andy Hug (1964-2000), Swiss kickboxer
  • Christian Hug (born 1982), German rugby union player
  • Gary Hug, American astronomer
  • Johann Leonhard Hug (1765-1846), German theologian
  • Maja Hug (born 1928), Swiss figure skater
  • Marcel Hug (born 1986), Swiss wheelchair athlete
  • Reto Hug (born 1975), Swiss triathlete
  • Tim Hug (born 1987), Swiss skier
  • Werner Hug (born 1952), Swiss chess player
Hug (album)

Hug is the second studio album by Japanese recording artist Yui Aragaki. It was released on June 17, 2009.

Hug (folklore)

In Scandinavian mythology, the hug refers to an individual's mental life, in some contrast to the soul, a term which carries more spiritual connotations. "Hug" is the Norwegian term; the Danish term is hu, the Swedish håg; Scandinavian languages have a word for soul that is cognate with the English.

The hug is no simple concept and shows great variation, with different accounts and characteristics given in the literature from medieval literature to more recent folklore. It is central to the conception of magic, and can influence animate and inanimate objects. The hug manifests itself externally in a variety of possible forms; that of witches, for instance, sometimes took the shape of a cat.

Hug (disambiguation)

A hug is a form of physical intimacy.

Hug or HUG may also refer to:

Hug (song)

"Hug" ( Korean: 포옹) is the debut single by South Korean pop group TVXQ. Written by Park Chang-hyun and produced by Lee Soo-man of S.M. Entertainment, "Hug" was first performed at a joint showcase featuring label mate BoA and American singer Britney Spears on December 26, 2003, TVXQ's official debut day. The song was later released as a CD maxi single on January 14, 2004 in South Korea. Its accompanying music video was filmed in December 2003 at the Ilsan Art House. The follow-up promotional song, "My Little Princess", was written by Hwang Sung-jae.

"Hug" was a sleeper hit in South Korea. It debuted at number thirty seven on the MIAK chart, selling only 4,630 copies on the first month of release. Sales picked up the following month, and on March 28, 2004, TVXQ won their first music show award with "Hug" on The Music Trend (Inkigayo). According to the MIAK, "Hug" peaked at number four on the months of April and May, selling a total of 56,543 copies in those months. "Hug" stayed charted for ten consecutive months, and by the end of the year, "Hug" sold over 169,000 copies. It was South Korea's fourteenth best-selling record of 2004.

Under the name Tohoshinki, the group released an English version of "Hug" as a CD and DVD single in Japan on November 25, 2004. The Japanese language version of "Hug" was featured in the group's debut Japanese album Heart, Mind and Soul (2006). The Mandarin-language counterpart of "Hug" was released in May 2007.

Usage examples of "hug".

Bay came racing out of the adobe house and hugged Sloan as she stepped down from her horse.

Despite the warm Texas breeze, Angelina hugged herself against the sudden chill of her skin.

Lisette hugged Angelique against her bosom and silently bade her not to make a noise.

The sidewalk was filled with anorectic individuals of ambiguous gender, hugging guitar cases as if they were life preservers, dragging deeply on cigarettes and regarding the passing traffic with spaced-out apprehension.

She hugged her knees and looked out over the expanse of sand that lapped against the yellow stone aqueduct like a tan and frozen sea.

She said good-bye to him at Charles de Gaulle airport, surprising Bryson with the ardency of her hug, her kiss that was more than the farewell kiss of a friend, immediately after which she turned away in flushed embarrassment.

A lacy bra hugged her taut breasts and glowed a brilliant white against her tawny skin, outlining dark brown nipples and areolas beneath the flimsy material.

Waterford bowl with gold mountings, Jimmy in white slacks, an Armani pull and Gucci shoes, Tina in Westwood Lycra pants that hugged lipo-ed buttocks as if they were madly in love with them, Enya from the Lord of the Rings on the Bang and Oluf sen, all this and sorrow.

Surely did I begin to believe they meant themselves to be seen, and yet, when a bloodied male appeared from the side of the dwelling, to stagger and fall nearly upon them, they quickly hugged the ground as though attempting invisibility.

Marilee, Axel, William and Serena, but we stood on the shore of the river hugging each of them again.

Tzigone heaved a sigh of profound relief and enfolded Basel in a quick hug.

Roth and Beel loaded their backpacks, each bestowed her with a hug, shared some parting words, and then boarded their glider and took off, leaving Syra standing alone in the valley.

His evening clothes tightly hugged every masculine muscle from his bulging biceps to the powerful quadriceps in his thighs.

He sat back watching the hugging and rejoicing, then slowly turned to leave, he felt a tugging on his ear and chuckled, Bitsy fluttered around his head and giggling kissed him on the cheek.

Miss Possum, blushing, and Blinky just managed in time to avoid being hugged.