- to cheat, deceive, or trick.
Origin of cozen
Examples from the Web for cozen
It is the same with cousin (consanguineus), and to cozen or to deceive.English Past and Present
Richard Chevenix Trench
He had come to cozen me into letting him use me in return for a mockery of an honor.The Plum Tree
David Graham Phillips
Smile with an intent to do mischief, or cozen him whom he salutes.Familiar Quotations
The world looks to them as if they could cozen it out of some ways and means of life.
But they cannot cozen it: they can only cozen their neighbours.
- to cheat or trick (someone)
Word Origin and History for cozen
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.