- to cheat, deceive, or trick.
Origin of cozen
Examples from the Web for cozening
I will have no gallivanting, no cozening and smiling and prating and distracting.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
I am only glad that he did not succeed in cozening you further than he did.The Belton Estate
A fine life thou hast of it with thy silks and thy baubles, cozening the last few shillings from the pouches of dying men.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
You know I never get or save anything by cozening or classmating.
A real expert in cozening, a master of guile, was wanted to exploit the opportunity to its limit.She Stands Accused
- to cheat or trick (someone)
Word Origin and History for cozening
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.