23 Different Types Of Hugs And Their Meanings

23 Different Types Of Hugs And Their Meanings

Worrying about how to convey messages to your partner? Any idea how to do it? Well then, give this a read. how many types of hugs?

Hugs and cuddles are part of our everyday routine. It is a great way of showing affection to loved ones. We hug our parents, siblings, lovers, friends, colleagues, and many other people.
But not all hugs are the same. Why?
It is because each type of hug conveys different messages to the other person.
Confused? We have it for you.
We have thoroughly researched the different kinds of hugs known to mankind with their meanings.
Let’s begin!

Here are types of hugs and their meanings

1. The Warm bear hug:

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Hugging with both hands around someone tightly is what this is, hence the name. It is the kind of hug that has the most warmth and charm. Often our parents or lovers hug this way to show their love, excitement, or sometimes care.

This is the most adorable kind of hug you were looking for!

2. The hand around the waist hug:

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You may have this hug mostly from your partner who is attracted to you and wants to share his feelings in a rather passionate way.

This is a great way to show someone that you are serious and want more from the relationship.

3. The one-sided hug:

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This is a buddy hug. We all hug our friends or lovers this way when it’s a casual hangout. It has got a relaxing yet comforting essence to it.

4. The Intimate hug:

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Lovers crave an intimate hug to show their attraction towards the partner.
It could get stronger with the occasion. Sexual desire works for this kind of hug and sometimes things could get lusty.

5. The head-on shoulder hug:

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Placing your head on someone else’s shoulder is a sign of responsibility and carries an intense emotion with it.
When people are in deep love and their relationship has more trust than lust they do this kind of gesture. Even friends too hug this way.

There is no awkwardness in this kind.

6. The cuddle hug:

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It feels great when our partners cuddle us once awake in the morning.
It suggests a very cute and adorable form of relationship people share. It is a mixture of innocence and love between two people.

7. The back hug:

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Hugging from the back is what it is. We hug our parents, siblings, and partners when they are too busy working
This is a kind of gesture shown by the hugger that they care for you and want you to hug the person, leaving your work that you were busy in.

8. The self-hug:

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Often a self-hug is necessary. You are the most important one and often we forget to love ourselves. Self-hug suggests self-realization about ourselves that sometimes we need to care for us first.

When you badly need a hug when no one’s around you just go for it!

9. The London bridge hug:

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This form of hugging involves touching only the upper part of the body. Truly a formal hug like colleagues do.

The huggers don’t share any emotional bond. They are diplomatic acquaintances of each other.

There is no sort of intimacy in this particular kind.

10. The pickpocket hug:

Friends or casual mates exchange this hug typically during a slow walk or photoshoots. Not very romantic though, it has a friendship goal to it.
Next time when with your buddies, definitely try to put your hands in back pockets, hugging this way but make sure you wear pocket pants!

11. The straddle hug:

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You should be very much in love to hug someone this way. A woman generally opens her up showing her intense feelings for the man. It has a lust for it.

So just make sure before you hug someone so fiercely. You have to trust your partner as your inner self would slowly uncover!

12. Sloppy hug:

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When we don’t have feelings for someone but are on the verge to hug just because we want to pretend or people around us are hugging, we do hug this way.
This shows neither an emotional bond nor an attachment between the huggers. Most of the time it’s just for show-off!
So next time anyone hugs you this way, you would know the explanation.

13. Slow dance hug:

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While we often dance with our partners in slow music, we prefer hugging each other. This is the best way. A casual touch but eye contact builds our bond with our partner.

You might have seen couples dancing this way after marriage or ceremony.

14. Catcher hug:

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When your partner sees you after a long period, they yearn for you more. The moment they see you, their excitement levels surge and they jump on you and you need to catch her and hug her tight.

This indicates a deep bond along with care and passion for their loved ones.

15. Flirty hug:

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Often we aren’t sure about the person we are dating. We flirt and do things that might not always pave the way towards a serious one.

Hugging while flirting is what this is.

Doesn’t involve a deep bond though, but it’s good for a start.

16. Polite (formal) hug:

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Diplomats, colleagues interact with others. A formal or polite hug is a way to do that. It’s just a light hug, even the lightest one.

It’s more prevalent in workplaces when acknowledging someone for their work.

17. Ragdoll hug:

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Unrequited or one-sided lovers hug this way. When love is just from one of the partners who is mostly in love, hugs the impassioned partner so tightly that he is hitched like a ragdoll.
So the very next time you hug someone this way you would know why he is so numb.

18. Long hug:

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When love is deep and a bond is strong between two people, they tend to hug for a longer duration.

We hug our siblings, friends, parents, and partners this way.
When someone doesn’t want to let you go, he might be hugging you this way!

19. Quick hug:

Suppose you are on your way to work or somewhere else, a known person may be a friend, relative or colleague might exchange communications by hugging this way. It is a very short hug.

This kind of hug actually doesn’t need you to be very close to the person. A formal knowing is enough.

20. Twirling hug:

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The catching hug we came across above, hits right before this. The moment your partner sees you after a long time, their excitement levels surge and they hug you from above. The partner then twirls with you hugging you as tightly as possible.

A strong bond, understanding towards each other is needed for hugging someone this way.
Try hugging this way if you trust your partner.

21. Patting hug:


We often do good things and receive appreciation from our well-wishers. When someone pats us on our back, acknowledging our good work we are hugged this way. It involves slight touching of the body and some sense of mutual understanding towards one another.

22. One-armed hug:

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A rather compassionate and trustworthy hug one can have. Hugging with one arm around the partner is all this is about.
Requires a steady relationship and firm knowledge about each other’s affinities. Definitely a lover’s hug.

23. The group hug:

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Finally, everyone’s favourite. Your best friend(s) hug you this way. May it be a casual hangout or party to photoshoot you prefer a group hug.

Suggests strong friendship values and perception towards one another. Next time you see your best friend(s), give this a try!

Hugs are wonderful. Do try them out with your companions. We all deserve a hug.

Let us know in the comment sections, are any types of hugs we missed?

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