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1.
a hug from the side, that usually includes a pay on the back so it doesn't appear romantic in any way, shape, or form.
I really like Jimmy, but every time we get close, he ends up giving me the friend hug.
by sweetlyevil December 12, 2007
 
2.
(a) when one, under the stress of the immediate situation, engages to hug a potential significant other and fails to conform to traditional hugging practices; (b) wrapping one's arms around the neck or head of a significant other in lieu of encroaching upon semi-romantic boundaries; (c) a metaphorical action telling one whom you have recently had sexual encounters with that a relationship is not in the immediate future; and (d) the awkward interaction that occurs when one is indecisive about crossing the friendship line.
I am afraid that Jane might no longer want to hook up with me after giving a friend hug when I walked her home last night.

After looking into her eyes, I was not confident about kissing her so I immediately went for the friend hug.

Wow, that Suzy was one crazy girl. But I hope she gets the picture after that friend hug I gave her.
by Friendhugger February 17, 2010