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 cozy

Contemporary Examples of cozy

Historical Examples of cozy

  • Overhead the drawing-room windows shone with a cozy, warm radiance.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • She nodded happily from her cozy position in the crook of Hilary's arm.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • Now, you cozy liberals, go over and touch that spot if you dare.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Then they climbed a winding stair and reached a bright, cozy kitchen.

  • We have not had one of our cozy social chats for a long time.

    The Masked Bridal

    Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

British Dictionary definitions for cozy


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 cozy

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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