an act of putting your arms around somebody and holding them tightly, especially to show that you like or love them She gave her mother a big hug. He stopped to receive hugs and kisses from the fans. see also bear hug Word Origin mid 16th cent.: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian hugga
‘comfort, console’.Extra examples He gave the children a quick hug, then got into the car. It was always nice to get a hug from Evan. He gave her a great big bear hug.