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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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  • She led the way into that little room, which was fairly encumbered with coziness.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • Yet, in spite of its coziness, I thought it had a dreary look.

  • When they returned home the coziness of their hour together was lost.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • She looked about her, indeed, with a certain appreciation of its coziness and adequacy.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • Intimate life was here, striking the note of coziness of Luxor.

    The Spell of Egypt Robert Hichens
  • Again the warmth and coziness of the little room enveloped him.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • There seems to have been a regret on the first opening of the Exchange for the coziness and quiet comfort of the old building.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
British Dictionary definitions for coziness


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 coziness



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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