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.'
We had a perfect romantic dinner in a cozy little restaurant downtown.
Some candles will cozy up the room.
The whole family cozied up around the fire after dinner.
It turned out the politician had a cozy agreement with a big corporation.
Robert is cozying up to his boss to get a raise.
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
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!
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. '