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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
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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.

    Trenching at Gallipoli John Gallishaw
  • "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.

    Patty's Social Season

    Carolyn Wells
  • 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
  • And so there she was, shrunk just as short as she had been ordered to shrink, fitting into her coffin as cozily as you please!

    Legends of the City of Mexico Thomas A. Janvier
  • Consequently a mad scurrying took place and the scouts were cozily housed when the rain came down.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Miss Payne, then, and her "favored guest" were cozily settled for the evening when Bertie entered.

    A Crooked Path Mrs. Alexander
  • You will not wonder at it, when you read how independent a bear is at home, and how cozily he spends the long, dark winter.

    The Silent Readers William D. Lewis
  • At eight his daughter brought him a cup of chocolate and a sandwich, and sat between his curtains, chatting with him cozily.

British Dictionary definitions for cozily


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 cozily



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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