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[huhg] /hʌg/

verb (used with object), hugged, hugging.
to clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection; embrace.
to cling firmly or fondly to; cherish:
to hug an opinion.
to keep close to, as in sailing, walking, or in moving along or alongside of:
to hug the shore; to hug the road.
verb (used without object), hugged, hugging.
to cling together; lie close.
a tight clasp with the arms; embrace.
verb (mainly transitive) hugs, hugging, hugged
(also intransitive) to clasp (another person or thing) tightly or (of two people) to cling close together; embrace
to keep close to a shore, kerb, etc
to cling to (beliefs, etc); cherish
to congratulate (oneself); be delighted with (oneself)
a tight or fond embrace

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.


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