Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Snug, comfortable, and warm.
  • adj. Marked by friendly intimacy. See Synonyms at comfortable.
  • adj. Informal Marked by close association for devious purposes: a cozy agreement with the competition.
  • intransitive v. To make oneself snug and comfortable: cozy up with the Sunday paper.
  • intransitive v. Informal To try to get on friendly or intimate terms; ingratiate oneself: "out on the . . . hustings, cozying up to reactionaries and racists alike” ( Chuck Stone).
  • n. A padded or knitted covering placed especially over a teapot to keep the tea hot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Affording comfort and warmth; snug; social
  • n. A padded or knit covering to keep an item warm, especially a teapot or egg.
  • n. A padded or knit covering for any item (often an electronic device such as a laptop computer).
  • v. To become snug and comfortable.
  • v. To become friendly with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Snug; comfortable; easy; contented.
  • adj. Chatty; talkative; sociable; familiar.
  • n. A wadded covering, often decorative, for a teakettle or other vessel to keep the contents hot. Also called tea cozy

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Snug; comfortable; warm; social.
  • n. A kind of padded covering or cap put over a teapot to keep in the heat after the tea has been infused.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. suggesting connivance
  • n. a padded cloth covering to keep a teapot warm
  • adj. having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere
  • adj. enjoying or affording comforting warmth and shelter especially in a small space

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably of Scandinavian origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Scots, later adapted into English.

Examples

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  • "So the U.S. has to stand by, watching Abbas stiffen his spine and negotiate with Hamas, while hoping he doesn't emulate al-Maliki's game of cozying up to the Iranians as a counterweight to the Americans."

    - Ira Chernus, Obama Trapped Behind Wall of Mideast Containment, tomdispatch.com, 6 Sep 2009.

    October 7, 2009

  • At home, on the couch, wrapped up in an old blanket.

    September 16, 2008

  • Ineffectual teapot encirclement.

    September 19, 2007