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

Other Words from cozy


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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This location has two distinct parts to it: the coffee counter is in a link bridge, while the library and lounge are in the India Buildings with books surrounding the room, plus a central fireplace to cement a cozy feel. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 28 Feb. 2022 There were Christmas lights draped along the wall, creating a surprisingly cozy feel with the lights dimmed. Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2022 Even as sunlight streamed through the room’s oversize windows, the candles created an intimate, cozy feel. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 December chills have arrived, but October’s very own, Drake, has blessed the ladies with an OVO collection just in time to keep them cozy and stylish throughout the winter. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 6 Dec. 2021 With countless designs to choose from — including a Star Wars collection — these quirky socks from California Sock Company in Pacific Beach will keep you cozy this season. Sara Butler Staff Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 With the weather getting cooler, now is a good time to invest in gear that can help keep you cozy and warm throughout the season. Sarah Toscano,, 4 Nov. 2021 In contrast to the vast downtown mothership, the West Hartford branch is cozy and convivial, a stylish room where a blackboard lists bar specials in multicolored chalk. Rand Richards Cooper, Hartford Courant, 2 May 2022 Critics fear a threat to democracy under Le Pen, a nationalist who is cozy with Hungary’s autocratic prime minister, Viktor Orban, and anti-immigrant far-right parties elsewhere in Europe. Elaine Ganley, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Speaking of cozy, check out the Weighted Throw Blanket, too. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 26 Apr. 2022 Minute prints, while quaint and cozy, can magnify a room’s tininess. Lauren Joseph, WSJ, 12 Feb. 2022 The house is modest for Washington: stucco and brick, cozy and cramped. Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2022 Bodysuits, t-shirts, and lounge pants are made with a cozy, yet breathable cotton and modal blend. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Nov. 2021 Keep scrolling to discover Vogue’s edit of 40 warm and stylish winter maternity dresses, from cozy to festive. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 31 Dec. 2021 The coffeehouse will be held in The Oasis, a cozy, renovated 1889 storefront located at 3 Elm St. Admission and refreshments are free., 22 Dec. 2021 While saving space and increasing storage was essential, this couple didn't forget to bring their personal design aesthetic to make the van cozy. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2021 Like its name suggests, the main note is pine needles, coupled with sandalwood and cedarwood for a cozy, woodsy scent. Claire Harmeyer, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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More Definitions for cozy


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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