Is there any difference between cuddle and snuggle?

Thanks!
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· noun: a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace · verb: move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position (Example: "We cuddled against each other to keep warm") · verb: hold (a person or thing) close, as for affection, comfort, or warmth (Example: "I cuddled the baby."

· noun: a close and affectionate (and often prolonged) embrace · verb: move or arrange oneself in a comfortable and cozy position (Example: "The children snuggled into their sleeping bags")

· verb: position comfortably

Can you decide whether they are synonyms?
Veteran Member8,073
My dictionary described them rather similarly and I couldn't see any difference on Google Images. I think your dictionary confirms it. Thanks!
1 comment
Anonymous:
Some might term snuggling as a blanket term for all cuddling, spooning, and holding in general. However, I feel that the terms are best defined in this way:

Cuddling includes side by side holding where the man has an arm around girl but both are facing forward and not each other.
Snuggling is where the two are turned in towards each other and there is more face to head or cheek to cheek contact. There may or may not be hand holding going on in snuggling. Hard snuggling includes stroking of the arm or leg.

I believe that cuddling is prepretory to and preceeds snuggling.
Anonymous:
I tend to think of snuggling as having (in addition to all that cuddling has to offer) a utilitarian component, such as physical warmth. In short, I think of snuggling in the winter and cuddling in the summer.
Anonymous:
honestly i think cuddling sounds better but on the other hand snuggle i a more passionate more of a be really close and i really love you kinda thing that involves more emotion.
Anonymous:
kindave Snuggling is to satisft there needs and Cuddling is just to do for fun.... Emotion: big smile
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