co·​zy | \ ˈkō-zē How to pronounce cozy (audio) \
cozier; coziest

Definition of cozy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : enjoying or affording warmth and ease : snug a cozy lakeside cabin
b : marked by or providing contentment or comfort won by a cozy margin
2a : marked by the intimacy of the family or a close group We had a cozy dinner with the whole family.
b : marked by or suggesting close association or connivance a cozy agreement His political opponents accused him of getting too cozy with powerful companies.
3 : marked by a discreet and cautious attitude or procedure a cozy waiting game


plural cozies

Definition of cozy (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a padded covering especially for a teapot to keep the contents hot
2 : a light detective story that usually features a well-educated protagonist and little explicit violence



Definition of cozy (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from cozy


cozily \ ˈkō-​zə-​lē How to pronounce cozily (audio) \ adverb
coziness \ ˈkō-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce coziness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for cozy

Synonyms: Adjective

canny [chiefly Scottish], comfortable, comfy, relaxed, snug

Antonyms: Adjective


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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

Examples of cozy in a Sentence


The room was warm and cozy. We had a cozy dinner with the whole family. I spent a cozy evening reading in front of the fire. He claims that there is a cozy arrangement between the police and the drug dealers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The visit would have been Trump’s second to Poland since taking office in 2017, reflecting his cozy relationship with Poland’s right-wing nationalist president. Washington Post, "The Latest: Russia tweets reminder of Soviet role in WWII," 2 Sep. 2019 And don’t miss ProPublica’s deep dive into the cozy relationship between Amazon and the Defense Department, which is being published on this morning. David Meyer, Fortune, "UPS’s Drone Hopes: CEO Daily," 22 Aug. 2019 Many toes are going to get stepped on in the process, many local homeowners’ wishes overridden, and many cozy contracting relationships disrupted. Noah Smith, Twin Cities, "Noah Smith: America’s roads and bridges cost too darn much," 31 July 2019 Amazon and its subsidiary Ring, maker of home surveillance equipment, have a very cozy relationship with law enforcement. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Amazon writes scripts for cops to sling Ring home cameras, report says," 31 July 2019 From the outset, Biden hammered Trump for his cozy relationships with President Vladimir Putin of Russia and other authoritarians, including Kim Jong-un of North Korea. Katie Glueck,, "Biden, in foreign policy speech, castigates Trump and urges global diplomacy," 11 July 2019 New bedding that feels like home (Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Fresh bedding makes a dorm room feel cozy during a college student’s first year away from home. Joni Sweet, USA TODAY, "Get everything on your college packing checklist delivered next day — for free!," 26 Aug. 2019 This bill is worse than being cozy with the industry. Alexei Koseff,, "California officials warn of ‘unsustainable’ taxpayer costs in disaster bill," 13 Aug. 2019 But humans have probably been covering their floors with stuff since cave-dwelling times — just think of how cozy a woolly mammoth skin must’ve felt under the toes! Kevin Brasler, Washington Post, "The cost-conscious consumer’s guide to buying carpet," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Coming in from the terrace, residents must walk down a small set of stairs, which makes the living areas feel like one giant conversation pit with a cozy, grounded atmosphere despite its openness. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Japanese house embraces understated indoor-outdoor living," 8 Aug. 2019 The afghans and tea cozies that early crochet enthusiasts turned out later inspired hippies to take up the craft themselves. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "Handcrafted Fashion: Why We Crave It in the Digital Age," 25 June 2019 Martin is a big fan of choosing a cozy throw to add depth and warmth to a room. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Jill Martin is your guide to dorm room awesomeness: 'You're making this your little house'," 13 Aug. 2019 All signs point to Camila, especially since the two were seen getting cozy recently. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's Birth Charts Reveal If a Shamila Romance is Actually in Our Future," 11 July 2019 Unlike other regional styles that are immediately identifiable by certain furniture designs or specific elements, Bay Area style is all about creating a cozy, welcoming and low-key decor. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "New Bay Area home style: Bring on that stylish, cozy comfort," 2 July 2019 Stop 5: Clam Up Checkered tablecloths and lace doilies make the dining room of La Telline feel grandma’s-house cozy. Kimberley Lovato, National Geographic, "Take a road trip through this wild, beautiful French delta," 28 Mar. 2019 Welcome them with their own cozy throw and provide slippers. Cathy Hobbs, The Seattle Times, "Snowbound? It’s a great time to get hygge," 11 Feb. 2019 These elements lend a cozy, lived-in atmosphere to your room. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Here's How to Pull Off an Eclectic Decorating Style," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cozy


1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cozy

Adjective, Noun, and Adverb

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian koselig cozy

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English Language Learners Definition of cozy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: small, comfortable, and warm
: friendly and pleasant
often disapproving : suggesting or showing a closeness between two people, groups, businesses, etc. : very close



English Language Learners Definition of cozy (Entry 2 of 2)

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


co·​zy | \ ˈkō-zē How to pronounce cozy (audio) \
cozier; coziest

Kids Definition of cozy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: enjoying or providing warmth and comfort a cozy fireplace

Other Words from cozy

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


plural cozies

Kids Definition of cozy (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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