Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

cozy

play
adjective co·zy \ˈkō-zē\

Simple Definition of cozy

  • : small, comfortable, and warm

  • : friendly and pleasant

  • : suggesting or showing a closeness between two people, groups, businesses, etc. : very close

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cozy

coziercoziest

  1. 1 a :  enjoying or affording warmth and ease :  snug <a cozy lakeside cabin> b :  marked by or providing contentment or comfort <won by a cozy margin>

  2. 2 a :  marked by the intimacy of the family or a close group b :  marked by or suggesting close association or connivance <a cozy agreement>

  3. 3 :  marked by a discreet and cautious attitude or procedure

cozily play \-zə-lē\ adverb
coziness play \-zē-nəs\ noun

Examples of cozy in a sentence

  1. The room was warm and cozy.

  2. We had a cozy dinner with the whole family.

  3. I spent a cozy evening reading in front of the fire.

  4. He claims that there is a cozy arrangement between the police and the drug dealers.



Origin of cozy

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian koselig cozy


First Known Use: 1709

Synonym Discussion of cozy

comfortable, cozy, snug, easy, restful mean enjoying or providing a position of contentment and security. comfortable applies to anything that encourages serenity, well-being, or complacency as well as physical ease <started feeling comfortable in our new surroundings>. cozy suggests warmth, shelter, assured ease, and friendliness <a cozy neighborhood coffee shop>. snug suggests having just enough space for comfort and safety but no more <a snug little cottage>. easy implies relief from or absence of anything likely to cause discomfort or constraint <living in easy circumstances>. restful applies to whatever induces or contributes to rest or relaxation <a quiet restful vacation>.

2

cozy

noun co·zy

Simple Definition of cozy

  • : a cloth cover that is placed over a teapot to keep the tea hot

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cozy

plural cozies

  1. 1 :  a padded covering especially for a teapot to keep the contents hot

  2. 2 :  a light detective story that usually features a well-educated protagonist and little explicit violence

1863

First Known Use of cozy

1863


3

cozy

adverb co·zy

Definition of cozy

  1. :  in a cautious manner <play it cozy and wait for the other team to make a mistake — Bobby Dodd>



1946

First Known Use of cozy

1946


COZY Defined for Kids

1

cozy

play
adjective co·zy \ˈkō-zē\

Definition of cozy for Students

coziercoziest

  1. :  enjoying or providing warmth and comfort <a cozy fireplace>

cozily \-zə-lē\ adverb
coziness \-zē-nəs\ noun



2

cozy

play
noun co·zy

Definition of cozy for Students

plural cozies

  1. :  a padded covering for a container (as a teapot) to keep the contents hot





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cozy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to expose to danger or risk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ