To cower; to crouch; to curl up.
- To clasp or hold closely, especially in the arms, as in affection; embrace.
- To hold steadfastly to; cherish: He still hugs his outmoded beliefs.
- To stay close to: a sailboat hugging the shore.
- To embrace or cling together closely.
- A close, affectionate embrace.
- A crushing embrace, as in wrestling.