cosy

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

The spelling cosy predominates in British English, and cozy in American English.

Etymology[edit]

From Scots cosie, from Old Scots colsie, but ultimate derivation is unknown. Possibly of North Germanic origin, such as Norwegian kose seg (to have a cozy time), from Old Norse kose sig, from koselig, koslig, perhaps ultimately from Old High German kōsa; see modern German kosen (to cuddle).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkəʊzi/
  • (US) enPR: kō'-zē, IPA(key): /ˈkoʊzi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊzi

Adjective[edit]

cosy (comparative cosier, superlative cosiest)

  1. Affording comfort and warmth; snug; social
    Synonym: snug
    Hyponym: gemütlich
  2. warm and comfortable
    I feel very cosy here in my bed.

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Noun[edit]

cosy (plural cosies)

  1. A padded or knit covering put on an item to keep it warm, especially a teapot or egg.
  2. A padded or knit covering for any item (often an electronic device such as a laptop computer).
  3. A work of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.

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Verb[edit]

cosy (third-person singular simple present cosies, present participle cosying, simple past and past participle cosied)

  1. To become snug and comfortable.
  2. To become friendly with.
    He spent all day cosying up to the new boss, hoping for a plum assignment.

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References[edit]

  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  • Annandale, C., Ogilvie, J. (1907). The Student's English Dictionary. Ireland: Blackie, p. 164

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cosy (plural cosys)

  1. cosy

Noun[edit]

cosy m (uncountable)

  1. cosy

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