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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
  • Were these bare white houses the same that had nestled so cozily into the dark of the roadside?

    The Jonathan Papers Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
  • It was a long story, cozily confidential; and there were interruptions.

    Bransford of Rainbow Range Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • 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
  • In the rises of the house on the hill-slope is a three-roomed bachelors' hall; here, on the next day, we were cozily domiciled.

    In the Footprints of the Padres Charles Warren Stoddard
  • 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
  • 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
  • At eight his daughter brought him a cup of chocolate and a sandwich, and sat between his curtains, chatting with him cozily.

  • Miss Payne, then, and her "favored guest" were cozily settled for the evening when Bertie entered.

    A Crooked Path Mrs. Alexander
  • cozily wrapped up in fur robes in his cariole are Wenonah and Roderick.

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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