Definition of cozy in English:

cozy

Syllabification: co·zy
Pronunciation: /ˈkōzē
 
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(British cosy)

adjective (cozier, coziest)

  • 1Giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation: a cozy cabin tucked away in the trees
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    • You can spend the night in warm, cosy log cabins watching the northern lights dance across the sky.
    • I reminisce for a fleeting moment about breezy Saturday nights, meaningful movies, black cozy couches and the comfort of a brawny shoulder to rest on.
    • Thick quilts provide the inspiration for jackets and coats, conveying cozy warmth plus convincing lightness.
    Synonyms
    snug, comfortable, warm, homelike, homey, homely, welcoming; safe, sheltered, secure, down-home, homestyle
    informal comfy, toasty, snug as a bug (in a rug)
  • 1.1(Of a relationship or conversation) intimate and relaxed.
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    • The colonialists and the communalists had a cozy relationship at a deeper level.
    • Policy communities are cosy relationships between organized interests and officials.
    • What do you make of the state of the cozy relationship?
    Synonyms
    intimate, relaxed, informal, friendly
  • 1.2Avoiding or not offering challenge or difficulty; complacent: a rather cozy assumption among automakers that they would never actually go bust
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    • For make no mistake, they are challenging not just our cosy ideas of what it means to be Scottish and support football, they are threatening the very world order of soccer itself.
    • Blogging is said to have changed modern journalism by challenging the cosy media monopoly with its grass-roots approach to issues.
    • That manifests itself in a cosy collectivism that seeks to minimise the importance of any problem.
  • 1.3(Of a transaction or arrangement) working to the mutual advantage of those involved (used to convey a suspicion of corruption): a cozy deal
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    • This cosy arrangement has been abruptly terminated, however, by new government regulations limiting the sort of work that amateurs can carry out.
    • This was a cosy arrangement, but it is no longer viable.
    • If this sounds like a pretty cozy arrangement, it is.

noun (plural cozies)

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  • A cover to keep a teapot hot.
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    • White your tea steeps, keep it hot with a teapot cozy.
    • All those meticulously made flowerpot covers, tea cozies, hair-receivers, and dust cloth holders proclaimed that the makers had ample time on their hands.
    • After a quarter of an hour, hot buttered toast on a covered hot water plate, with the Staffordshire cottage tea pot in its floral cosy, arrived.

verb (cozies, cozying, cozied)

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  • 1Give (someone) a feeling of comfort or complacency: she cozied him, pretending to find him irresistibly attractive
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    • She gave me a hug, and took me home, and cosied me up in her spare room.
    • But it won't be enough: The Horned Frogs will be cozied up at home by the time January 3 rolls around.
    • It made sense to see that they'd cozied themselves within a personal urban pine forest to watch paired kids parade past in colorful and spooky garb.
  • 1.1 [no object] (cozy up) Snuggle up to someone or something: almost everyone loves to cozy up to a roaring fire I shall have a certain lovely lady to cozy up with
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    • But, be very careful who you cozy up to in the process.
    • It is the temptation of the public intellectual to cozy up to that which he or she should be evaluating critically.
    • Even if you're single, you'll want to cozy up to something cute.
  • 1.2 [no object] (cozy up to) Ingratiate oneself with: he decided to resign rather than cozy up to hard-liners in the party
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    • He and his father have always shown a preference to cozying up to the establishment rather than actually helping people.
    • ‘It is a world in which refuse collectors cosy up to barristers, split along moral lines rather than social ones’.
    • What we've seen here plays right into public concerns about whether or not reporters are mostly focused on serving the public's need to know, or cozying up with sources.

Derivatives

cozily

adverb
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  • They live cozily in Camden, Maine, where he works as a family doctor and she teaches school.
  • This place seems so cozily familiar by comparison.
  • They embarked on a life that was both romantically adventurous and cozily domestic.

coziness

noun
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  • It supplies coziness and luxury that can be expected at hotel lobbies.
  • He witnessed ‘self-censorship because of the coziness between executives and senior national security figures.’
  • Throughout its entirety there is a lacquered touch of sentimental coziness, sustained by the folksy Irish music played on a Gaelic harp as background for the opening credits and then recurrently.

Origin

early 18th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin.

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