Nearby words

  1. coze,
  2. cozen,
  3. cozenage,
  4. cozey,
  5. cozumel,
  6. cozy up,
  7. cozzens,
  8. cozzens, james gould,
  9. cp,
  10. cp invariance

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cosy up

cosy up

US cozy up

verb (intr, often foll by to) mainly US and Canadian

to seek to become intimate or to ingratiate oneself (with someone)
to draw close to (somebody or something) for warmth or for affection; snuggle up


adjective, noun -zier or -ziest or plural -zies

the usual US spelling of cosy
Derived Formscozily, adverbcoziness, noun

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Word Origin and History for cosy up



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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