cozy

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.
  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.
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.
    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

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Contemporary Examples of coziness

Historical Examples of coziness

  • She led the way into that little room, which was fairly encumbered with coziness.

  • Yet, in spite of its coziness, I thought it had a dreary look.

  • When they returned home the coziness of their hour together was lost.

  • She looked about her, indeed, with a certain appreciation of its coziness and adequacy.

    Clark's Field

    Robert Herrick

  • Intimate life was here, striking the note of coziness of Luxor.

    The Spell of Egypt

    Robert Hichens


British Dictionary definitions for coziness

cozy

adjective, noun -zier or -ziest or plural -zies
  1. the usual US spelling of cosy
Derived Formscozily, adverbcoziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for coziness

cozy

adj.

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