cozy

adjective
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

cozy

noun
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

cozy

adverb

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

Adjective

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

uncomfortable

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Adjective

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

Adjective

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 light wood four-poster bed was backed by a grasscloth accent wall, which brought even more texture into the cozy room. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins Episode Two Steps Up to the Challenge of Contemporary," 9 May 2019 Between Me and My Mind also hinted at the question of when, if ever, Phish will retire—perhaps return my husband to me for cozy New Year's Eves at home, with champagne and takeout, like regular people? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Between Me and My Mind," 29 Apr. 2019 Strategically mixing soft throws and rugs with cozy (but still structured) furniture can create a living space people will gravitate towards. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "Here's Why Texture Is an Interior Designer's Secret Weapon," 6 Mar. 2019 Adjectives like snug, cozy, fire-lit all spring to mind. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Super modern ski chalet is a wintertime dream," 29 Nov. 2018 In the corresponding photo, the duo look extremely cozy with each other, their smiles stretching from ear to ear. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "The Weeknd and Bella Hadid Have Taken Instagram Flirting to New Heights," 19 Oct. 2018 Swathed in bamboo with icicle-like appendages dripping from the ceilings, the cozy room was engineered with audio in mind. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The Hotel as Patron of the Arts? In Hong Kong, the Peninsula Takes the Trend to the Next Level," 9 Apr. 2019 Check out some options below, and prepare to send a message to your own haters…while being as cozy as possible. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wears "Choose Empathy" Sweatshirt to Pilates Class," 30 Dec. 2018 Who are these two women, Bibi (Anna Schubert) and Lumee (Rebecca Jo Loeb), snuggled in bed together in a cozy white room whose door has multiple locks? Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Portraits of Pain at the Prototype Festival," 9 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The bottom level is a cozy, lounging area that blends seamlessly into an outdoor patio space with super comfortable-looking stuffed recliners and a fire pit for cool evenings. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This Tiny Finnish Cabin Appeared as if by Magic," 26 Aug. 2015 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 He was recently seen on a beach trip getting cozy with his girlfriend. Fox News, "Johnny Depp's son Jack looks healthy on beach trip amid reports of 'serious illness'," 10 July 2018 To get all the way to cozy is a challenge in such a space. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "With a skeleton and megaplanters, the Field Museum fleshes out its main hall," 26 June 2018 Here was a woman surrounded by competitors giving away pens, cozies and keyrings. Rob Weinberg, Pomerado News, "Make yours a memorable business card," 16 May 2018 Others invited guests to spin a wheel, handing out logo-laden tote bags and beer cozies. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "Overly branded brunch leaves some diners cold," 27 Mar. 2018 Brown said the other day, in San Francisco, gesturing toward a photograph of footwear that bulged and puckered like a tea cozy. James B. Stewart, The New Yorker, "When Your Shoes are Made of Wood Pulp," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cozy

Adjective

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

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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Dictionary Entries near cozy

cozey

cozonal

Cozumel

cozy

cozymase

cozy up

Cozzens

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cozy

adjective

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

cozy

noun

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

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

cozy

adjective
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

cozy

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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