adjective, co·zi·er, co·zi·est, noun, plural co·zeys, verb, co·zied, co·zy·ing.


or co·sy, co·zey, co·zie


adjective, co·zi·er, co·zi·est.

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 co·zies.

a padded covering for a teapot, chocolate pot, etc., to retain the heat.

verb (used with object), co·zied, co·zy·ing.

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 formsco·zi·ly, adverbco·zi·ness, noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for cozey


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 cozey



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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