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co·​zy ˈkō-zē How to pronounce cozy (audio)
cozier; coziest
: enjoying or affording warmth and ease : snug
a cozy lakeside cabin
: marked by or providing contentment or comfort
won by a cozy margin
: marked by the intimacy of the family or a close group
We had a cozy dinner with the whole family.
: marked by or suggesting close association or connivance
a cozy agreement
His political opponents accused him of getting too cozy with powerful companies.
: marked by a discreet and cautious attitude or procedure
a cozy waiting game
cozily adverb
coziness noun


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plural cozies
: a padded covering especially for a teapot to keep the contents hot
: a light detective story that usually features a well-educated protagonist and little explicit violence


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: in a cautious manner
… play it cozy and wait for the other team to make a mistake.Bobby Dodd
Choose the Right Synonym for cozy

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

Example Sentences

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
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The light can be wall-mounted or set on a shelf or other surface, and its warm orange light brings a cozy, homey atmosphere to any space. Lauren Phillips, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2023 Take a page out of Garner's book with this cozy and functional The North Face fleece, which will keep you warm thanks to its long length. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2023 For simple elegance in a neutral bedroom by Huh, walls painted in Swiss Coffee promote a cozy, welcoming feel. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 26 Dec. 2022 Pottery Barn Teen cozy recycled sherpa robe On particularly chilly nights, switch out your terry spa robes for fleece or shearling options. Paris Wilson, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Dec. 2022 Inject some cozy into your wardrobe with Naadam’s Friends and Family sale. Glamour, 29 Nov. 2022 Cotton is the most popular fabric in bedding and comes in a wide variety of constructions including crisp Percale, smooth Sateen, cozy Flannel and soft Jersey. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 20 Dec. 2022 As the robot started moving, those fuzzy sock on my feet, though cozy, were not exactly enough to keep me calm — my heart rate quickened. Anneke Knot, Allure, 13 Dec. 2022 Channel your inner feline in this oversized animal print sweater which is available in khaki and maroon. Save up to 30% off this cozy, cable knit sweater from Nordstrom. Latifah Muhammad, Billboard, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


Adjective, Noun, and Adverb

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian koselig cozy

First Known Use


1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cozy was in 1709

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Cite this Entry

“Cozy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
co·​zy ˈkō-zē How to pronounce cozy (audio)
cozier; coziest
cozily adverb
coziness noun


2 of 2 noun
plural cozies
: a padded cover for a teapot used to keep the contents hot

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