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cozen

[kuhz-uh n]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to cheat, deceive, or trick.

Origin of cozen

1565–75; perhaps < Old North French coçonner to resell, verbal derivative of coçon retailer (< Latin coctiōnem, accusative of coctiō, cōciō dealer), influenced by Middle French cousin dupe, literally, cousin
Related formscoz·en·er, nouncoz·en·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for cozened

Historical Examples

  • I had already been cozened once, I had resolved not to be snared again.

    Desert Dust

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • I would all the world might be cozened; for I have been cozened and beaten too.

    The Merry Wives of Windsor

    William Shakespeare

  • You deceived me, Robin Fitzooth, and cozened my servant Warrenton.

    Robin Hood

    Paul Creswick

  • You were cozened by this hell-rake of a Stede Bonnet and thought it a rare pleasure!

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer

    Ralph D. Paine

  • And on a sudden, very fierce: If I am cozened, 't is not the peasants have cozened me.

    Long Will

    Florence Converse


British Dictionary definitions for cozened

cozen

verb
  1. to cheat or trick (someone)
Derived Formscozenage, nouncozener, noun

Word Origin

C16: cant term perhaps related to cousin
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Word Origin and History for cozened

cozen

v.

1560s, of uncertain origin; perhaps from French cousiner "cheat on pretext of being a cousin;" or from Middle English cosyn "fraud, trickery" (mid-15c.), which is perhaps related to Old French coçon "dealer, merchant, trader," from Latin cocionem "horse dealer." Related: Cozened; cozening; cozenage.

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