[ kuhz-uhn ]
/ ˈkʌz ən /
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verb (used with or without object)
to cheat, deceive, or trick.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM cozencoz·en·er, nouncoz·en·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use cozen in a sentence
Thou shouldst have lied, cozened, out-sworn truth itself, rather than stood betwixt me and my revenge!The Fortunes of Nigel|Sir Walter Scott
What if Francis, less easily cozened than the countess, should find his suspicions aroused?Under the Rose|Frederic Stewart Isham
Note the expression of his hate in “Old Gandolf cozened me,” though he fought tooth and nail to save his niche.Browning and the Dramatic Monologue|S. S. Curry
Now it made me so laugh to think how they would be cozened, that I could not follow my master.
You have been cozened, Signore, in a state, whose very prince dare not trust his secrets to his wife.The Bravo|J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for cozen
/ (ˈkʌzən) /
to cheat or trick (someone)
Derived forms of cozencozenage, nouncozener, noun
Word Origin for cozen
C16: cant term perhaps related to cousin
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