To hug someone is to warmly embrace or grasp them with your arms. Some families hug each other all the time, while others save their hugs for special occasions.

Celebrate National Hug Your Cat Day if you want to, but your cat may be less enthusiastic about it than you are. Hug is both a verb and a noun: when you hug your cat, she gets a hug. You can also hug your knees, holding them close to your body, and your skinny jeans can be said to hug your legs, or fit tightly. Hug probably comes from the Old Norse hugga, "to comfort."

Definitions of hug

v squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness

Hug me, please”
“He hugged her close to him”
bosom, embrace, squeeze
embrace amorously
hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth
interlock, lock
become engaged or intermeshed with one another
Type of:
hold firmly and tightly

v fit closely or tightly

“The dress hugged her hips”
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact

n a tight or amorous embrace

“come here and give me a big hug
clinch, squeeze
Type of:
embrace, embracement, embracing
the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection)

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