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.

  1. suggesting opportunistic or conspiratorial intimacy: a cozy relationship between lobbyists and some politicians.

  2. discreetly reticent or noncommittal: The administrators are remaining cozy about which policy they plan to adopt.

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

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.

Verb Phrases
  1. 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

First recorded in 1700–10; from Scots colsie, perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Norwegian koselig “cozy,” kose seg “to enjoy oneself”

Other words for cozy

Other words from cozy

  • co·zi·ly, adverb
  • co·zi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cozy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cozy


/ (ˈkəʊzɪ) /

adjective, noun-zier or -ziest or plural -zies
  1. the usual US spelling of cosy

Derived forms of cozy

  • cozily, adverb
  • coziness, noun

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