cozy

adjective
co·zy | \ ˈkō-zē \
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 \ adverb
coziness \ˈkō-zē-nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for cozy

Synonyms: Adjective

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

Front porches and fluttering flags abound on cozy, tree-canopied streets, many one-way. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Ridgefield Park, N.J.: A 21st-Century Mayberry," 4 July 2018 The idea is to make the three-block stretch into a compelling sequence of varied spaces — civic in scale, able to absorb protests and parades with ease, but cozy enough so that nearby residents and workers might want to stop by on a daily basis. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Civic Center makeover: Here’s the plan to revamp the heart of SF," 29 June 2018 For that very reason, she was criticized for appearing too cozy with wealthy investors, most famously Dropbox and Airbnb backer Ron Conway — a complaint many made about Lee, too. Trisha Thadani, San Francisco Chronicle, "London Breed as mayor has the tech industry excited. Will it last?," 15 June 2018 About 25 feet long and five feet wide, things can get ultra-cozy – but Proteus is nonetheless spacious compared to a number of underwater delivery vehicles on the market. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Futuristic mini-sub could be a valuable weapon for Navy SEALs," 7 June 2018 Instead of the florescent lights and hallow commercial spaces signature to urban galleries, this place features big windows overlooking sprawling greenery and cozy options to settle down with a book or cozy up with friends. Jaimie Potters, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is The Small British Town You Haven’t Heard of–But Need to Visit," 31 May 2018 The dining room gets a certain casual-cozy-chic ambience from dark yellow walls containing art for sale, and there’s a neighborly vibe that makes a newcomer feel welcome. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Pairings Bistro in Bel Air delivers imaginative food and wine," 21 May 2018 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is actively working to become more involved and Moscow may be cozier with Pyongyang than Beijing has been. Bridget Coggins, Washington Post, "North and South Korea still have a long path ahead, most of it uncharted," 1 May 2018 The 900-pound, steel bell atop the Olde Presbyterian Community Church in Lakeside usually sits quiet these days, snug and cozy in its steeple. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ringing of historic Lakeside bell recalls wartime ritual," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Now there’s a kind of cozy, warm and welcoming vibe to the place that gives the hotel’s public and private spaces a residential feel that sparks a try-this-at-home impulse. Valli Herman, latimes.com, "The subtle ways the Hotel Figueroa's redesign is a tribute to women," 10 Mar. 2018 Located along the shores of Indian Lake in the Adirondack Mountains, this old-fashioned camp has been hosting families for decades in its 23 cozy and comfortable cabins. Amanda Loudin /, NBC News, "If you want a truly unplugged experience this weekend, these hotels want to help.," 9 Mar. 2018 Like any good cozy, the truth is a surprise and the ending is happy. Adam Woog, The Seattle Times, "Cozy up with cozy mysteries," 26 Jan. 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

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian koselig cozy

Noun

see cozy entry 1

Adverb

see cozy entry 1

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cozonal

Cozumel

cozy

cozymase

cozy up

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cozy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cozy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: small, comfortable, and warm

: friendly and pleasant

: 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 \
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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