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[koh-zee] /ˈkoʊ zi/
adjective, cosier, cosiest, noun, plural cosies, verb, cosied, cosying.
Origin of cosy
Related forms
cosily, adverb
cosiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cosy
  • When an accident happens, it is not enough the be able to watch dials in a cosy control room.
  • The relationship between auditors and their clients is dangerously cosy.
  • But the reconfiguration of brain-work will also make life far less cosy and predictable for the next generation of graduates.
  • They decide who can join their cosy clubs and expect the rest of the world to obey the instructions they hand down.
  • And despite a decade of political reform, the ties between the chaebol and the state are still too cosy.
  • cosy relationships between politicians and newspaper executives will be laid bare.
  • These firms' core competence, such as it is, is exploiting their cosy connections with governing elites.
  • Life within the euro area is no longer quite so cosy.
  • If this is the case, the tea cosy is replaced after everyone has been served.
British Dictionary definitions for cosy


adjective -sier, -siest (US) -zier, -ziest
warm and snug
intimate; friendly
convenient, esp for devious purposes: a cosy deal
noun (pl) -sies, (US) -zies
a cover for keeping things warm: egg cosy
Derived Forms
cosily, (US) cozily, adverb
cosiness, (US) coziness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Scots, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for cosy

chiefly British form of cozy.

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