Word of the Day: cozy

 
 
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Word of the Day
 
December 3, 2015
 
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cozy (US), cosy (UK) (adjective, verb) sound LISTEN icon
 
 
 
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Cozy as an adjective refers to something that is intimate, comfortable and warm. As a verb, it is often use with up and means 'to make more comfortable,' or 'to move closer looking for warmth and affection.' But cozy is also used in a derogatory sense to talk about a convenient but dishonest activity, and to cozy up to someone in power means 'to try to be friends with them just to obtain some benefit.'
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Example sentences
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We had a perfect romantic dinner in a cozy little restaurant downtown.
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Some candles will cozy up the room.
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The whole family cozied up around the fire after dinner.
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It turned out the politician had a cozy agreement with a big corporation.
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Robert is cozying up to his boss to get a raise.
 
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Words often used with cozy
 
tea cozy (US), tea cosy (UK): a kind of jacket you put on a teapot so the tea stays warm for longer
 
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Did you know?
 
We normally think of cozy as something or somewhere that makes you feel like you are being given a hug, so it is more suited to small cottages than spacious mansions. However, beware—if a real estate agent describes something as cozy, that almost certainly means it's actually very small!
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Other forms
 
noun: coziness (US), cosiness (UK); adverb: cozily (US), cosily (UK)
 
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Origin
 
Cozy dates back to the early 18th century and was originally a Scots word. Its exact origins are uncertain, but it may have come from the Norwegian words koselig, meaning cozy, and kose seg, meaning 'to enjoy yourself. '
 
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