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adjective, co·zi·er, co·zi·est, noun, plural co·zeys, verb, co·zied, co·zy·ing.
  1. cozy.
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or co·sy, co·zey, co·zie

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 for cozy

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Related Words for coziest

snug, cushy, comfortable, comfy, intimate, safe, restful, secure, sheltered, easeful

Examples from the Web for coziest

Historical Examples of coziest

  • There is the coziest little sitting-room, with a fireplace and an easy-chair.

    Old Valentines

    Munson Aldrich Havens

  • "A Lion could be the coziest thing in the world—if he would," I went on.

    The Cozy Lion

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • The nursery was probably the coziest room at Stratford in those days.

    The Stronghold

    Miriam Haynie

  • Skipper Tom lived in one of the snuggest and coziest of the cottages.

  • And as he crept into the crowded room he thought it the coziest home he had ever had.

British Dictionary definitions for coziest


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 coziest



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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