The work finished, the peasant would by no means pay for it; nay, he made an outcry and said he had been cozened.
I would all the world might be cozened; for I have been cozened and beaten too.
Quiet and easy as you profess to be, I will be cozened by you no longer.
You deceived me, Robin Fitzooth, and cozened my servant Warrenton.
They're all drawn from that other world, where Life kissed us and cozened caressingly round our bodies.
So he cozened and cringed and flattered, and used Nod as if he were his mother's son.
So warm and genial was the weather that the trees, flowers, and shrubs were cozened into budding forth.
Why, 'tis she that married the Genoa merchant; they cozened one another.
Surely are we weary of weeping, and our tears have been cozened from us falsely, for they have called out woe!
Is beauty beautiful, or are we cozened by congenial ugliness?
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.