1. (also snuggery) the bar-parlour of a public house or inn; also attrib.
|‘Railroad to Hell’ in Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 33: And here you see women with bottles and jugs, / Roll into these taverns and dram-drinking snugs, / As brazen as brass to get an odd glass.|
|Eng. Spy I 395: How many jovial nights have I passed and jolly fellows have I met in the snug sanctum sanctorum! a little crib, as the flashmongers would call it, with an entrance through the bar, and into which none were ever permitted to enter without a formal introduction and the gracious permission of the hostess.|
|Every Night Book xii: As Napoleon said to Barry O’Meara [...] so do we to ye from our snuggery.|
|Tag, Rag & Co. 173: There was a public-house with a side snuggery labelled ‘For gentlemen only’.|
|Police Sergeant C 21 58: No time elapsed before Robert Power and his opportune acquaintance were standing in the ‘snug’ or little parlour of the Lord Nelson.|
|Dubliners (1956) 86: He put his penny on the counter and [...] retreated out of the snug as furtively as he had entered it.‘Counterparts’|
|Juno and the Paycock Act I: He’s wherever Joxer Daly is – dhrinkin’ in some snug or another.|
|Horse’s Mouth (1948) 358: She was listening towards the snug door.|
|Mind You, I’ve Said Nothing (1961) 109: We went into a tiny snug the size of a horse-box with a wooden bench running round the wooden walls.|
|Towards the End of Morning (2000) 143: The old publican went off his head and shut himself up in the snug with an ex-War Department Verey pistol.|
|Scully 71: I wasn’t drinking with the Pensioners like I usually do. I’d just walked in the Snug when who do I meet?|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 8: Do you want to say that a bit louder [...] I think some people in the snug didn’t get all that.|
|(con. 1970s) Pictures in my Head 65: Cigarette smoke fogs the snug of Mooney’s, Crumlin.|
|Guardian G2 5 May 3: The Tories were [...] eavesdropping on Basil Fawlty in the snug and turning his pet peeves into electoral policy.|
2. (US Und.) a small revolver that can be concealed easily.
SE in slang uses
the vagina, in the context of sexual intercourse; usu. as give a bit of snug for a bit of stiff v., to have sexual intercourse (cf. bit of stiff under stiff n.1 ).
|Sl. and Its Analogues III 208/2: To enjoy, procure, or confer the sexual favour [...] Of women only [...] to give [...] a bit of snug for a bit of stiff.|
|Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 76: Contenter. To copulate; ‘to give a bit of snug for a bit of stiff’.|