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cozy

or cosy, cozey, cozie

[koh-zee] /ˈkoʊ zi/
adjective, cozier, coziest.
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 cozies.
5.
a padded covering for a teapot, chocolate pot, etc., to retain the heat.
verb (used with object), cozied, cozying.
6.
to make more cozy (often followed by up):
New curtains would cozy the room up a bit.
Verb phrases
7.
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
1700-1710
1700-10; orig. Scots; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian koselig cozy, kose seg to enjoy oneself
Related forms
cozily, adverb
coziness, noun
Synonyms
1. snug, comfy, homey, sheltered.
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  • She has to die when the first cold comes, whereas the eggs are to pass the winter in their cozy home.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • Now, you cozy liberals, go over and touch that spot if you dare.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Some small sparrows, disturbed and driven from the cozy place they had chosen, saw the doves and came flying across the piazza.

  • They sat together by the lamplight in the cozy sitting room.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • Adjoining the sitting-room was a pleasant, cozy little place, which Margaret called her music-room.

    Homestead on the Hillside Mary Jane Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for cozy

cozy

/ˈkəʊzɪ/
adjective, noun -zier, -ziest (pl) -zies
1.
the usual US spelling of cosy
Derived Forms
cozily, adverb
coziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for cozy
adj.

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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