Putting your arms
around another person as a show of affection
. While some people might consider a hug intimate
, most don't, depending on the type of hug. It usually signals
that you care
for the person, with the amount of caring
demonstrated by the intensity
of a hug.
Girls love to hug, but guys, on average, aren't as into them - however, there are exceptions to this, and those guys that do love hugs are a wonderful thing. Most guys, though, tend to do either the "bear hug", overdoing it a bit, or doing the "pat on the back" thing that somehow makes it less offensive to masculinity or something like that.