You may have noticed your pants getting a little snug during the holiday season. That could mean they’re just extra comfortable or it could be another way of saying they're feeling a little tight.

Snug describes something that's comfortable and cozy. During a snowstorm you may take shelter in your snug cottage in front of the fireplace. When talking about clothing, snug means fitting tightly. Clothing may be snug on purpose, like a bathing suit, or it may be snug because it’s in fact too small. If you’re “snug as a bug in a rug,” you’re as cozy as can be, or metaphorically speaking, in a very comfortable position in life.

Definitions of snug

adj enjoying or affording comforting warmth and shelter especially in a small space

snug in bed”
“a snug little apartment”
cosy, cozy
comfortable, comfy
providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy' is informal)

adj fitting closely but comfortably

close, close-fitting
closely constrained or constricted or constricting

adj offering safety; well protected or concealed

“a snug harbor”
“a snug hideout”
kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss

adj well and tightly constructed

“a snug house”
“a snug little sailboat”
of such close construction as to be impermeable

n a small secluded room

cubby, cubbyhole, snuggery
Type of:
an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling

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