snug

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
  1. adjective
    enjoying or affording comforting warmth and shelter especially in a small space
    snug in bed”
    “a snug little apartment”
    synonyms: cosy, cozy
    comfortable, comfy
    providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy' is informal)
  2. adjective
    fitting closely but comfortably
    synonyms: close, close-fitting
    tight
    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
  3. adjective
    offering safety; well protected or concealed
    “a snug harbor”
    “a snug hideout”
    Synonyms:
    protected
    kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss
  4. adjective
    well and tightly constructed
    “a snug house”
    “a snug little sailboat”
    Synonyms:
    tight
    of such close construction as to be impermeable
  5. noun
    a small secluded room
    synonyms: cubby, cubbyhole, snuggery
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    type of:
    room
    an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
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