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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Explore the 415-square-mile park on foot, then retreat to cozy private cabins or lodge rooms each night with an inn-to-inn hiking trip organized by Footpaths of the World. Sarah Kuta, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Oct. 2021 The Hustlers actress kept it cool and cozy during the interview in her Coach x Jennifer Lopez Signature Sweatsuit, layered with the Sherpa Signature Vest. Glenn Garner,, 4 Oct. 2021 Make your home cozy, colorful, and ready for cooler temps with these must-have accessories. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2021 Other furnishings in this maximalist-yet-cozy spot include a bed from IKEA, antiques from Molding Color, and a vintage Hermès box. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 28 Sep. 2021 From glitzy occasionwear to cozy shearling, there is much to love this season. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 24 Sep. 2021 Iceland is one of the world’s most volcanically active countries, and although eruptions are an occasional hazard, geothermal power keeps the lights on, houses cozy and pools warm. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 Others note that the sweater is super cozy and versatile. Isabel Garcia,, 21 Sep. 2021 For a good night's sleep, your bed should be as comfortable as possible, and few things in life are as cozy and inviting as a comforter. Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sweatpants are just the right amount of cozy without being too loose. Meaghan Kenny, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Sep. 2021 But in truth, the escapism of the cozy has never really been escapism. Alyse Burnside, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2021 Nadaam, known for their cashmere, just launched a cozy, cashmere sneaker in time for autumn and rings in under one hundred dollars, making these steppers feel like a luxurious steal. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 7 Sep. 2021 In German, the word for the uncanny comes from a negation of the word for the homely, unheimlich from heimlich, a quick slip, on a prefix’s turn, from the cozy to the claustrophobic. Gillian Osborne, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 Update your living room seating with a cozy upholstered armchair. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2021 So, Collins converted it into more living space and filled it with Schumacher pillows and tons of cozy, family-friendly furniture. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 28 June 2021 Or come in winter and cozy in before the fireplace. Rand Richards Cooper,, 3 July 2021 Continuing up the steps takes you to a cozy, rooftop office. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 1 June 2021

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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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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



English Language Learners Definition of cozy (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cloth cover that is placed over a teapot to keep the tea hot


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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