cozy up


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.
to move closer for comfort or affection: Come over to the fire and cozy up a bit.
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.

1700–10; orig. Scots; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Norwegian koselig cozy, kose seg to enjoy oneself

cozily, adverb
coziness, noun

1. snug, comfy, homey, sheltered. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
cosy up or (US) cozy up
vb (often foll by to)
1.  to seek to become intimate or to ingratiate oneself (with someone)
2.  to draw close to (somebody or something) for warmth or for affection; snuggle up
cozy up or (US) cozy up

cozy (ˈkəʊzɪ)
adj, —n , pl -zier, -ziest, -zies
the usual US spelling of cosy

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Word Origin & History

1709, colsie, Scottish dialect, perhaps of Scand. origin (cf. Norw. kose seg "be cozy"). In Britain, usually cosy.
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Idioms & Phrases

cozy up

Try to get on friendly or intimate terms, ingratiate oneself. For example, That new woman is always cozying up to one or another club member so she'll be asked to join. [Mid-1900s]

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