[ kuhz-uh n ]
/ ˈkʌz ən /

verb (used with or without object)

to cheat, deceive, or trick.

Nearby words

  1. coyotillo,
  2. coypel,
  3. coypu,
  4. coz,
  5. coze,
  6. cozenage,
  7. cozey,
  8. cozumel,
  9. cozy,
  10. cozy up

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cozen


/ (ˈkʌzən) /


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

Word Origin for cozen

C16: cant term perhaps related to cousin

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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.

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