Welsh word for an affectionate hug. There's no literal English translation, but its nearest equivlent is "safe place". So if you give someone a cwtch, you're giving them a "safe place".
It can also be used as a place to store things safely (usually a cupboard under a staircase)
"Give me a cwtch"
"Put your jacket in the cwtch"
, all rolled into one. There is an element of intimacy, earnestness and ownership in this Welsh word (recently adopted into the OED) that the closest English equivalents, "cuddle", "snuggle" and "hug
A cwtch creates a private safe place in a room or in two peoples hearts. Cwtching is strong affection made manifest and can apply to lovers, or a parent and child. It is also possible to give a respected associate a non-romantic cwtch. In that scenario, a cwtch would be a heartfelt hug.
Here are some examples from "Talk Tidy: The Online Home of Wenglish" http://www.talktidy.com/
A much loved and much used local word having a number of uses:
(a) The coal cwtch, or the cwtch under the stairs/cwtch dan star - a storage place: derived from the Welsh 'cwt'.
(b) To keep concealed; "Keep that cwtched by there now - don't want anybody to see it... "
(c) Lie down, as in the order to a dog - "Go (and find your) cwtch!"
(d) To be fondled and snuggled up in an especially loving way "Cwtch up to your mam now". A child nursed "Welsh fashion is well and truly being 'cwtched'
(e) To warn off (now seemingly obsolete in local usage); "Bar cwtch, bar cwtch, don't come to my cwtch" A warning issued by children to others when out blackberry picking.
Following are some excerpts from an article on the adoption of the word "cwtch" to the concise Oxford English Dictionary. Contains information on the word's origins, some of which contradicts the information provided by Talk Tidy.
icWales.co.uk: The National Website of Wales
English dictionary realises benefits of a cwtch
Aug 11 2005
Molly Watson, Western Mail
IT'S one of the nations's favourite words, and symbolises that warm feeling that only closeness to a loved one can create.
Now we each have another reason to give someone a cwtch today, after the word was entered in the concise Oxford Dictionary of English for the first time.
A welsh word for a cuddle or a hug. Pronounced 'Cutch' ('cwt' rhymes with put, 'ch' as in chicken).
Oh, come over here and give me a cwtch!
welsh word. basically means to hug.
i need a cwtch karen.
Cuddle, hold the baby in the mother's shawl
origin - Welsh mothers used to wrap their babies in their (the mother's) shawls in a certain way that enabled then to carry on with their work whilst keeping the baby safe and comfortable.
She would cwtch the baby in her shawl while she went for a walk.
CWTCH: pronounced cutch, like clutch without the 'L'. also the 'u' sound is more, but not quite an 'oo' sound. from the welsh word 'cwtch'.
means: cuddle, close hug.
CWTCH IN: when ya settled in by the fire e.g. the dog curls up with you, dog is CWTCHING IN.
ive had a bad day, i'm in need of a cwtch.
your so lush, i could cwtch you all day.
look at you cwtching your dog.
cheddar the dog likes to cwtch in while i watch tv.