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cozy

or co·sy, co·zey, co·zie

[koh-zee]
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adjective, co·zi·er, co·zi·est.
  1. snugly warm and comfortable: a cozy little house.
  2. convenient or beneficial, usually as a result of dishonesty or connivance: a very cozy agreement between competing firms.
  3. suggesting opportunistic or conspiratorial intimacy: a cozy relationship between lobbyists and some politicians.
  4. discreetly reticent or noncommittal: The administrators are remaining cozy about which policy they plan to adopt.
noun, plural co·zies.
  1. a padded covering for a teapot, chocolate pot, etc., to retain the heat.
verb (used with object), co·zied, co·zy·ing.
  1. to make more cozy (often followed by up): New curtains would cozy the room up a bit.
Verb Phrases
  1. 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 formsco·zi·ly, adverbco·zi·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. snug, comfy, homey, sheltered.
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Examples from the Web for cozily

Historical Examples

  • It was a long story, cozily confidential; and there were interruptions.

    Bransford of Rainbow Range

    Eugene Manlove Rhodes

  • It was Johnny Turk, cozily ensconced in a tree that overlooked our trench.

  • "Well, in three months then," she whispered, while he rocked her cozily in his arms.

    The Financier

    Theodore Dreiser

  • And when she awakened, she lay, cozily tucked in her coverlets, thinking over the occurrences of the night before.

  • By the end of the summer they were cozily settled in the white house, and had found corners for gardens and places for their pets.

    A Dear Little Girl

    Amy E. Blanchard


British Dictionary definitions for cozily

cozy

adjective, noun -zier or -ziest or plural -zies
  1. the usual US spelling of cosy
Derived Formscozily, adverbcoziness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cozily

cozy

adj.

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