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”
    snug little apartment”
    cosy, cozy

    comfortable, comfy

    providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy’ is informal)
  2. adjective

    fitting closely but comfortably

    close, close-fitting


    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
  3. adjective

    offering safety; well protected or concealed

    snug harbor”
    snug hideout”


    kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss
  4. adjective

    well and tightly constructed

    snug house”
    snug little sailboat”


    of such close construction as to be impermeable
  5. noun

    a small secluded room

    cubby, cubbyhole, snuggery
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    type of:


    an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling

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