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

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

For the majority of Americans, that family-centric image is fine and perhaps even invokes those warm and cozy feelings that make this time of year feel so aspirational and special. Ashley Edwards Walker, Good Housekeeping, "Modern Estrangement: What Does It Mean to Be Estranged, Anyway?," 21 Dec. 2018 Compact vans are like tiny homes, some feel warm and cozy, while others have an almost industrial feel. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with skylights lives large in 100 square feet," 17 Dec. 2018 Critics have blamed the district’s challenges on mismanagement and a cozy relationship with charter schools that pull students from traditional schools and exacerbate enrollment and budget problems. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Exclusive: Charter schools say IPS rejected a multi-million dollar offer for Broad Ripple High School," 15 June 2018 Comey has said the appearance of a cozy relationship between Lynch and the Clintons motivated his decision to independently announce the investigation was closed. NBC News, "Inspector General: Comey not biased in Clinton probe; agent vowed to 'stop' Trump," 14 June 2018 Here are the major headlines about Pruitt from just the past month: New York Times highlights Pruitt's cozy relationship with a coal baron Exorbitant pen costs! Chris Cillizza, CNN, "10 headlines that will make you wonder how Scott Pruitt still has a job," 6 June 2018 Attacks take the focus away from Evans’ Martin Luther King Jr. blackface adventure, problematic campaign surrogates, past cozy relationship with the National Rifle Association and claims of ethics violations. Jason Johnson, The Root, "When White Politicians Profit Off Black Pain and Then Go Begging for Black Votes: Georgia Edition," 9 May 2018 And then there are the issues of access journalism and the cozy relationships the media has with sources in order to maintain entry to some of these worlds. refinery29.com, "The White House Correspondents’ Dinner Debacle Proves That We — & The Media —Haven’t Learned Anything," 30 Apr. 2018 The cozy relationship between the cops and the DA's Office is one reason why Schubert has emerged as the primary target of Clark protests in the last month. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "Whom do you trust to investigate cops for Stephon Clark's death? Not Schubert," 21 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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cozey

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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