Etymology
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hug (v.)

1560s, hugge "to embrace, clasp with the arms," 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," and the proper name Hugh. Others have noted the similarity in some senses to German hegen "to foster, cherish," originally "to enclose with a hedge." Related: Hugged; hugging.

hug (n.)

1610s, a hold in wrestling, from hug (v.). Meaning "an affectionate embrace" is from 1650s.

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Definitions of hug
1
hug (v.)
hold (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness;
He hugged her close to him
Synonyms: embrace / bosom / squeeze
hug (v.)
fit closely or tightly;
The dress hugged her hips
2
hug (n.)
a tight or amorous embrace;
come here and give me a big hug
Synonyms: clinch / squeeze
From wordnet.princeton.edu