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hugging

[ huhg ]SEE DEFINITION OF hugging

Synonyms for hugging

  • cherish
  • clasp
  • clinch
  • cradle
  • cuddle
  • embrace
  • enfold
  • envelop
  • grasp
  • lock
  • love
  • nestle
  • nurse
  • press
  • receive
  • retain
  • seize
  • squeeze
  • welcome
  • be near to
  • bear hug
  • enbosom
  • fold in arms
  • follow closely
  • hold onto
  • keep close
  • lie close
  • stay near
  • take in one's arms
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Antonyms for hugging

  • donate
  • free
  • give
  • let go
  • offer
  • reject
  • release
  • turn away
  • push away
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HUGGING

Now there was a fine jubilee, and a hugging and kissing over and over.

And pushing, crowding, hugging the side of the stall, Mortimer fought his way to the girl.

And what are you hugging that old piece of paper to death for?

Usually I don't like hugging, but this time it was all right.

Captain Whalley, hugging the coat to his breast, made no sound.

They reeled, Byrne hugging Tom close to his breast in order not to let him fall with a crash.

Such a time as there was, and such a hugging and kissing and explaining!

"Theer," said papa, hugging his fat waistcoat, and rolling from the room.

"That's a good sport," said Dick, hugging the child against his broad chest.

The general saw that he was hugging something tightly to his chest.

WORD ORIGIN

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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