cozy Definition

  • 1giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation
  • 2small, comfortable, and warm
  • 3friendly and pleasant

Using cozy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cozy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The cabin was small but cozy.

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    She loves to curl up with a cozy blanket and a good book.

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    The restaurant had a cozy atmosphere.

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    We spent a cozy evening by the fire.

cozy Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using cozy

  • very snug and comfortable


    After a long day of skiing, she was cozy as a bug in a rug in front of the fireplace.

  • cozy up

    to move closer to someone or something in order to feel warmer or more comfortable


    She cozied up to her boyfriend on the couch while they watched a movie.

  • a small, comfortable space, often used for reading or relaxing


    She created a cozy corner in her bedroom with a comfortable chair and a reading lamp.

Phrases with cozy

  • to try to become friendly with someone, often for personal gain


    He's been cozying up to the boss in hopes of getting a promotion.

  • a subgenre of crime fiction that emphasizes the puzzle-solving aspect of the story rather than graphic violence or sex


    She enjoys reading cozy mysteries because they are less intense than other crime novels.

  • a subgenre of science fiction that portrays a catastrophic event that leads to the collapse of civilization, but focuses on the survival and rebuilding efforts of a small group of people


    The novel is a classic example of a cozy catastrophe, depicting the aftermath of a nuclear war and the struggles of a small community to rebuild society.

Origins of cozy

from Norwegian 'koselig', meaning 'comfortable'


Summary: cozy in Brief

The term 'cozy' [ˈkoʊzi] describes a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation. It can refer to small, comfortable spaces or friendly and pleasant atmospheres, such as 'The restaurant had a cozy atmosphere.' 'Cozy' also extends into phrases like 'cozy up to someone,' denoting an attempt to become friendly for personal gain, and idioms like 'cozy as a bug in a rug,' indicating a very snug and comfortable situation.

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