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[koh-zee] /ˈkoʊ zi/
adjective, cozier, coziest, noun, plural cozeys, verb, cozied, cozying.


or cosy, cozey, cozie

[koh-zee] /ˈkoʊ zi/
adjective, cozier, coziest.
snugly warm and comfortable:
a cozy little house.
convenient or beneficial, usually as a result of dishonesty or connivance:
a very cozy agreement between competing firms.
suggesting opportunistic or conspiratorial intimacy:
a cozy relationship between lobbyists and some politicians.
discreetly reticent or noncommittal:
The administrators are remaining cozy about which policy they plan to adopt.
noun, plural cozies.
a padded covering for a teapot, chocolate pot, etc., to retain the heat.
verb (used with object), cozied, cozying.
to make more cozy (often followed by up):
New curtains would cozy the room up a bit.
Verb phrases
cozy up (to), Informal.
  1. to move closer for comfort or affection:
    Come over to the fire and cozy up a bit.
  2. to try to become friendly or intimate in order to further one's own ends; attempt to ingratiate oneself:
    He's always cozying up to the boss.
Origin of cozy
1700-10; orig. Scots; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian koselig cozy, kose seg to enjoy oneself
Related forms
cozily, adverb
coziness, noun
1. snug, comfy, homey, sheltered. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But the monks never got into a cozier nook than the Convent of the Camaldoli.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • Nothing could be prettier, cozier, or pleasanter to the sight.

  • We sat in the drawing-room, although we should have preferred the cozier dining-room.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • If they knewAs I do, and you, That nests are cozier than the sky!

    A Little Freckled Person

    Mary Carolyn Davies
  • We were shown into a cozy little bedroom, with a cozier study off it.

    I Walked in Arden Jack Crawford
  • Or they could bring it to you here, if you think it would be cozier.

    The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
  • Do you make an ale-house of my lady's house, that ye squeak out your cozier's catches without any mitigation or remorse of voice?

  • Do you make an alehouse of my lady's house, that you squeak out your cozier's catches without any mitigation or remorse of voice?

British Dictionary definitions for cozier


adjective, noun -zier, -ziest (pl) -zies
the usual US spelling of cosy
Derived Forms
cozily, adverb
coziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cozier



1709, colsie, Scottish dialect, perhaps of Scandinavian origin (cf. Norwegian kose seg "be cozy"). In Britain, usually cosy. Related: Cozily; coziness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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