Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Snug, comfortable, and warm. synonym: comfortable.
  • adjective Marked by friendly intimacy.
  • adjective Informal Marked by close association for devious purposes.
  • intransitive verb To make oneself snug and comfortable.
  • intransitive verb Informal To try to get on friendly or intimate terms; ingratiate oneself.
  • intransitive verb Informal To cause to appear comfortable or conducive to intimacy.
  • noun A padded or knitted covering placed especially over a teapot to keep the tea hot.
  • noun A hollow cylindrical holder, usually made of foam rubber or a similar soft material, used to keep a beverage cold while being held.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective suggesting connivance
  • noun a padded cloth covering to keep a teapot warm
  • adjective having or fostering a warm or friendly and informal atmosphere
  • adjective 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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  • Ineffectual teapot encirclement.

    September 19, 2007

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

    September 16, 2008

  • "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