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 cozy (audio) \ adverb
coziness \ ˈkō-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce cozy (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for cozy

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Many have made a habit of tuning in while wearing cozy sweatpants or pajamas. Washington Post, "This woman, 82, dresses to the nines each Sunday for virtual church. Her selfies have become legendary.," 31 Mar. 2021 Wild Tribute's fun and quirky designs (and cozy materials) are the perfect way to wear your support for national parks on your sleeve. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, "11 Products to Shop If You Love U.S. National Parks," 31 Mar. 2021 But the Cardinals rallied for three more in the ninth to make things cozy. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opening day: The 11 most memorable season openers in Milwaukee Brewers history," 30 Mar. 2021 As far as physical vibe goes, Esther’s is minty and cozy. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The Alabama meat-and-three lunch goes postmodern," 30 Mar. 2021 Try it for yourself in one of six colors for a cozy addition to your living room couch or atop your bed. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need to buy from Urban Outfitters’ home section right now," 30 Mar. 2021 In a campaign video, Tshibaka seeks to paint Murkowski as cozy with President Joe Biden, saying Murkowski supported Biden for president. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska state commissioner Kelly Tshibaka announces run for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s seat," 29 Mar. 2021 Other alluring features include the private cabanas, meditation garden, rocking chairs, and two fire pits for a cozy retreat. Alison Medley, Chron, "Staycationer's Dream: Houstonian Hotel unveils new oasis of soaking pools and tranquil garden," 29 Mar. 2021 Or have the flocks — whether followers of a faith or a franchise — gotten too cozy with worshipping and watching from home? Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: When churches — and arenas — fully open up again, will you go?," 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For over a year now, people have been gravitating toward the cozy. Rosa Sanchez, Forbes, "Bouclé Is The New Black," 18 Mar. 2021 The little one was pictured outfitted in cozy striped onesies with fuzzy socks and even a baby-pink puffer embroidered with her name on the back. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Shares Never-Before-Seen Pictures of Life with Zayn Malik and Baby Khai," 22 Feb. 2021 For those looking for a nearby getaway from Washington, DC, or Baltimore, MD, consider this rustic cottage, complete with wood paneling, a cozy lofted sleeping area, and wood burning stove. Travel + Leisure, "8 Airbnbs That Are Perfect for Solo Travel — From Cozy Tiny Homes to Chic Apartments," 15 Mar. 2021 Hall had a big enough fireplace to keep his small home cozy. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "Some Texans power up through storm with help from their Ford pickup, Tesla," 19 Feb. 2021 Pillow bags and house slippers only added to the cozy, yet high fashion aesthetic of the show. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Ella Emhoff Made Her NYFW Debut At Proenza Schouler," 18 Feb. 2021 Go for the cozy by heating and humidifying your home while filling it with glorious scents. NOLA.com, "Stay warm for less with these 10 winter essentials," 1 Feb. 2021 Duchess Kate rests on floral cushions in the cozy, and carefully decorated, home. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Give Fans a Glimpse Inside Their Home," 16 Jan. 2021 Layer it over a cozy knit dress or keep it classic with a half-tuck inside your favorite denim, and enjoy the payoff of appearing put-together regardless of the empty pint of ice cream that's just chilling on your bedside table. Erin Parker, Glamour, "15 Effortlessly Cool White Button-Downs to Keep on Rotation," 16 Jan. 2021

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Cozy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cozy. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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