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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Examples from the Web for cozily

Historical Examples of cozily

  • It was a long story, cozily confidential; and there were interruptions.

    Bransford of Rainbow Range

    Eugene Manlove Rhodes

  • It was Johnny Turk, cozily ensconced in a tree that overlooked our trench.

  • "Well, in three months then," she whispered, while he rocked her cozily in his arms.

    The Financier

    Theodore Dreiser

  • And when she awakened, she lay, cozily tucked in her coverlets, thinking over the occurrences of the night before.

  • By the end of the summer they were cozily settled in the white house, and had found corners for gardens and places for their pets.

    A Dear Little Girl

    Amy E. Blanchard

British Dictionary definitions for cozily


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 cozily



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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