General English

  • verb to kiss and hug someone


  • noun a kissing session. (For the origin of the term, see the verb form.).
  • verb to kiss (‘snog up’, used transitively, is a racier late 1980s version). This lighthearted word, used typically by children and adolescents, first appeared in Britain before World War II. It is probably a variant of ‘snug’ and ‘snuggle (up)’. In the 1950s, particularly in the USA, snog took on a more general sense of flirt. It retains its specific sense in Britain.