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[koh-zee] /ˈkoʊ zi/
adjective, cosier, cosiest, noun, plural cosies, verb, cosied, cosying.
Origin of cosy
First recorded in 1700-10
Related forms
cosily, adverb
cosiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cosily
Historical Examples
  • Paris on short notice will be cosily and coaxingly intimate.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Then he stepped forward, frowning to behold "Battista" so cosily ensconced.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • A stove snapped and crackled in the one room, which was cosily warm.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • And it was cosily warm, only the fire lightening the darkness.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Tom had spared no trouble in seeing that it was comfortably and cosily furnished.

    For Name and Fame

    G. A. Henty
  • Four people were apt to be cosily crowded in the summer-house.

  • For, cosily installed in their favourite corner, were "the girls."

    Lifted Masks Susan Glaspell
  • So now they were embarked, cosily and cheerily, considering their circumstances.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • What are you two chatting so cosily about in that far-off corner?

    Elsie's New Relations

    Martha Finley
  • She reclined against her protecting bulwark, brightly and cosily at ease.

British Dictionary definitions for cosily


adjective -sier, -siest (US) -zier, -ziest
warm and snug
intimate; friendly
convenient, esp for devious purposes: a cosy deal
noun (pl) -sies, (US) -zies
a cover for keeping things warm: egg cosy
Derived Forms
cosily, (US) cozily, adverb
cosiness, (US) coziness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Scots, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cosily



chiefly British form of cozy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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