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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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Examples from the Web for coziest
Historical Examples
  • There is the coziest little sitting-room, with a fireplace and an easy-chair.

    Old Valentines

    Munson Aldrich Havens
  • "A Lion could be the coziest thing in the world—if he would," I went on.

    The Cozy Lion Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The nursery was probably the coziest room at Stratford in those days.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • Skipper Tom lived in one of the snuggest and coziest of the cottages.

  • And as he crept into the crowded room he thought it the coziest home he had ever had.

    The Tale of Dickie Deer Mouse Arthur Scott Bailey
  • If happiness is to be portrayed, the coziest nook in Elysium is laid bare.

  • It was the homeliest, quaintest, coziest place in the Adirondacks.

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • Home is the coziest, kindliest, sweetest place in all the world, the scene of our purest earthly joys and deepest sorrows.

  • Mrs. Hoyt was dispensing toasted buns, Lebkcken and chocolate, and it was the coziest of companies.

    The Four Corners Abroad Amy Ella Blanchard
  • This was the hour of the coziest enjoyment to the self-indulgent old Sybarite, who dearly loved his own ease.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for coziest


adjective, noun -zier, -ziest (pl) -zies
the usual US spelling of cosy
Derived Forms
cozily, adverb
coziness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for coziest



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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