or co·sy, co·zey, co·zie
- 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.
- a padded covering for a teapot, chocolate pot, etc., to retain the heat.
- to make more cozy (often followed by up): New curtains would cozy the room up a bit.
- cozy up (to), Informal.
- to move closer for comfort or affection: Come over to the fire and cozy up a bit.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for cozier
But the monks never got into a cozier nook than the Convent of the Camaldoli.Saunterings
Charles Dudley Warner
Nothing could be prettier, cozier, or pleasanter to the sight.In Search of the Castaways
We sat in the drawing-room, although we should have preferred the cozier dining-room.Wanted: A Cook
If they knewAs I do, and you, That nests are cozier than the sky!A Little Freckled Person
Mary Carolyn Davies
We were shown into a cozy little bedroom, with a cozier study off it.I Walked in Arden
- the usual US spelling of cosy
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Word Origin and History for cozier
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