From earlier hugge (“to embrace, clasp with the arms”) (1560), probably representing a conflation of huck (“to crouch, huddle down”) and Old Norse hugga (“to comfort, console”), from hugr (“courage”), from Proto-Germanic *hugiz (“mind, sense”), cognate with Icelandic hugga (“to comfort”), Old English hyge (“thought, mind, heart, disposition, intention, courage, pride”).
hug (plural hugs)
- An affectionate close embrace.
- A particular grip in wrestling.
hug (third-person singular simple present hugs, present participle hugging, simple past and past participle hugged)
- (intransitive, obsolete) To crouch; huddle as with cold.
- (intransitive) To cling closely together.
- (transitive) To embrace by holding closely, especially in the arms.
- (transitive) To stay close to (the shore etc.)
- (transitive, figuratively) To hold fast; to cling to; to cherish.