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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.
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noun, plural co·zies.
  1. a padded covering for a teapot, chocolate pot, etc., to retain the heat.
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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.
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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.
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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 cozy

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  • Overhead the drawing-room windows shone with a cozy, warm radiance.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • She nodded happily from her cozy position in the crook of Hilary's arm.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • Now, you cozy liberals, go over and touch that spot if you dare.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Then they climbed a winding stair and reached a bright, cozy kitchen.

  • We have not had one of our cozy social chats for a long time.

    The Masked Bridal

    Mrs. Georgie Sheldon


British Dictionary definitions for cozy

cozy

adjective, noun -zier or -ziest or plural -zies
  1. the usual US spelling of cosy
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Derived Formscozily, adverbcoziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cozy

adj.

1709, colsie, Scottish dialect, perhaps of Scandinavian origin (cf. Norwegian kose seg "be cozy"). In Britain, usually cosy. Related: Cozily; coziness.

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