|Origin:||Probably from a Scandinavian language|
hug1 past tense and past participle hugged, present participle hugging [transitive]
to put your arms around someone and hold them tightly to show love or friendship [= embrace]:
We stood there crying and hugging each other.
She went to her daughter and hugged her tightly.
to put your arms around yourself
hug your knees/arms/legs etc
Sarah sat on the floor, hugging her knees.
She stood hugging herself against the cold.
to move along the side, edge, top etc of something, staying very close to it:
The small boats hugged the coast.
if clothes hug your body, they fit closely [↪ close-fitting]
a figure-hugging dress
to hold something in your arms close to your chest:
He was hugging a big pile of books.
6 British English
to feel very pleased with yourself:
Kate hugged herself with pleasure after receiving the award.