Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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COSIE, adj., n. Also cosy, the spelling adopted by Eng.; †coszie, cossie, coz(e)y, cozie, coozie, coosie. [′kozi]

I. adj. Of persons: warm and comfortable, well-wrapped up; of places: sheltered, providing comfort and protection. Also adv. Gen.Sc. and in Eng. use since the mid 18th c. but prob. made popular after Burns. Sc. 1728 Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) II. 63:
To keep you cosie in a Hoord.
Ayr. 1786 Burns To a Mouse v.:
Cozie here, beneath the blast, Thou thought to dwell.
s.Sc. 1793 T. Scott Poems 353:
Thy bosom is a coozie biel.
Abd. 1832 W. Scott Poems 18:
I'll haud ye cozey yet, John, as I have ever deen.
Ags. 1846 G. Macfarlane Rhymes 64:
Or, sairly tired wi'out-door mirth, They huddle round the cozie hearth.
Ork. 1904 Dennison Sketches 14:
An' doon I sit i' the water an shave mesel' sae coosie i'a cauld mornin'.

II. n. 1. A baby's cap (Dmf. 1865 Trans. Dmf. & Gall. Antiq. Soc. 57).

2. Add Cosey, n. here. [O.Sc. colsie, a.1665. Of unknown orig., prob. related to Cosh and poss. ultimately to Couth and Couthie, though this cannot be established phonologically. The correlation of form and meaning to Tosie and Tosh is noteworthy.]

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