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[koh-zee] /ˈkoʊ zi/
adjective, cozier, coziest.
snugly warm and comfortable:
a cozy little house.
convenient or beneficial, usually as a result of dishonesty or connivance:
a very cozy agreement between competing firms.
suggesting opportunistic or conspiratorial intimacy:
a cozy relationship between lobbyists and some politicians.
discreetly reticent or noncommittal:
The administrators are remaining cozy about which policy they plan to adopt.
noun, plural cozies.
a padded covering for a teapot, chocolate pot, etc., to retain the heat.
verb (used with object), cozied, cozying.
to make more cozy (often followed by up):
New curtains would cozy the room up a bit.
Verb phrases
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.
Also, cosy, cozey, cozie.
Origin of cozy
1700-10; orig. Scots; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian koselig cozy, kose seg to enjoy oneself
Related forms
cozily, adverb
coziness, noun
1. snug, comfy, homey, sheltered. Unabridged
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  • After being out in chilly winter weather, coming into a warm, cozy home for a hot meal is comforting.
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British Dictionary definitions for cozy


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


adjective, noun -zier, -ziest (pl) -zies
the usual US spelling of cosy
Derived Forms
cozily, adverb
coziness, 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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