cosey, cosy, cozy

The words cosey, cosy, cozy sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do cosey, cosy, cozy sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: cosey, cosy, cozy are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    Obsolete spelling of cozy.

  1. :: adjective

    Variant of cozy.

  1. :: adjective

    Snug, comfortable, and warm.

  2. :: adjective

    Marked by friendly intimacy. See Synonyms at comfortable.

  3. :: adjective

    Informal Marked by close association for devious purposes: a cozy agreement with the competition.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To make oneself snug and comfortable: cozy up with the Sunday paper.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").