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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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  • It was a charming room, and the fire blazing in the grate added to the warmth and coziness.

    Phyllis Dorothy Whitehill
  • 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
  • Outside, the heavy snow continued to drive past frosted window-panes, but within all was warmth and coziness.

  • The bedroom, dark, cluttered by too great an attempt at coziness, had grown a little shabby.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • Again the warmth and coziness of the little room enveloped him.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • By comparison with the numbing air outside, this place was a dream of coziness.

  • Her bright warm kitchen was coziness itself, with a shiny stove, full to the brim with red coals, and a big lamp.

    A Northern Countryside Rosalind Richards
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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